Tuesday, January 04, 2011

The effects of sexual abuse on males

If any of you would like to read in more detail about studies related to male sexual abuse, take a look at these books and papers. There is one book entitled Female Sexual Abuse of Children that looks particularly good (though it is a bit old, written in 1994). Most of the studies presented at the link support that men are affected deeply by female perpetrators of child sexual abuse. For example, a study from 2005 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine concludes:
In this cohort of adult HMO members, experiencing CSA (childhood sexual abuse) was common among both men and women. The long-term impact of CSA on multiple health and social problems was similar for both men and women. These findings strongly indicate that boys and girls are vulnerable to this form of childhood maltreatment; the similarity in the likelihood for multiple behavioral, mental, and social outcomes among men and women suggests the need to identify and treat all adults affected by CSA.



Blogger Mike said...

Cue BobH to come here with his usual line about how teen girls get pregnant and teen boys don't...

8:17 AM, January 04, 2011  
Blogger Cham said...

Helen, as far as I'm concerned, you are preaching to the choir.

9:01 AM, January 04, 2011  
Blogger TMink said...

And then nobody will study how many men think they are gay because of sexual abuse. I always ask my gay clients how they learned they were gay. It is a time for us to bond and me to learn about their sexual development.

About one in three gay males tell me they learned they were gay when they were sexually abused and their bodies responded. Most of the guys do not view the abuse as abuse. The conversations go like this.

Me: So how did you find out you were gay?

Dude: Oh my neighbor showed me when I was 8.

Me: How old was your neighbor?

Dude: 30.

Me: Some people would consider that sexual abuse.

Dude: Oh no, he was nice.

That is about how it goes. And the guys who are not gay, or do not think they are gay as the case may be, worry that they might be because their bodies responded to the abuse.

Since most sexual abuse is perpetrated by men, this sexual confusion is an issue primarily for men.


9:56 AM, January 04, 2011  
Blogger Cham said...

Tmink: I am sure the government and many psychological organizations have decided what constitutes abuse. However, there is a huge divide between those definitions and what each individual person feels is abuse. Perhaps the numbers of men that were abused as children are much greater than the numbers the data suggests.

I'm currently amused by the number of teens that claim they have not been sexually active, and the associated data that has currently been released regarding those very same non-sexually active teens whose urine is positive for STDs.

10:44 AM, January 04, 2011  
Blogger DADvocate said...

Perhaps the numbers of men that were abused as children are much greater than the numbers the data suggests.

Could well be. Of the males I've known who were sexually abused as children, I would guess less than 10% of their cases were reported. Surveys of adults about CSA are probably more accurate, but still not 100% I'm sure.

11:01 AM, January 04, 2011  
Blogger TMink said...

The old view of gender and abuse said that 1 in 3 girls were sexually abused while 1 in 5 boys were. I think this is bunk. Part of the problem was that by many in the field, unwanted sexual attention is considered abuse when it clearly is not.

The other aspect is that feminists are camped in the field and even the feminists who are looking for data will most appreciate the data which supports their viewpoint. We all do that.

My bet is that real sexual abuse happens to men and women in roughly equal shares. Sadly.


11:06 AM, January 04, 2011  
Blogger Larry J said...

I'm currently amused by the number of teens that claim they have not been sexually active, and the associated data that has currently been released regarding those very same non-sexually active teens whose urine is positive for STDs.

I saw that article yesterday. Perhaps they claim they're not sexually active because they aren't engaging in penis-vagina intercourse. They don't think engaging in oral or anal sex is being sexually active. Skipping the almost obligatory Clinton reference, those kids are misguided IMO.

11:53 AM, January 04, 2011  
Blogger Cham said...

I think it is even simpler than that. if you say it didn't happen then it didn't.

Meeting up with your teen SO after school and before the parents arrive home from work and enjoying a Mountain Dew in the darkness of the rumpus room while playing a video game, one thing might lead to another. The teen hormones rage, the clothes come off, and sex happens. It may seem like a real good idea at the time.

But a few months later, the brightly lit school conference room where a stoic person with a clipboard you don't know is asking your intensely personal questions about a sex life you know you aren't supposed to be having, well, kids might see things another way. Can you really count on Ms. Researcher NOT to share your answers with your parents. I'm middle-aged and I don't even provide information to the census takers. If I were a teen I'd be telling Ms. Researcher exactly what she could do with her sex study.

Getting back to the abuse vs. not abuse, I just don't see some grown men or teen boys interpreting actions that have happened to them as abuse, even though it might very well be abuse. We can thank whoever coined the term "MILF" for that.

12:27 PM, January 04, 2011  
Blogger DADvocate said...

Cham - were you into video games at one point?

I wouldn't have given any unfavorable answer about anything concerning myself to school personal. School personal have no professional obligation or even right to confidentiality like priests, therapists or doctors do.

I just answer the questions how I want to and laugh about it when I leave.

12:42 PM, January 04, 2011  
Blogger Cham said...

Dadvocate: No, negative on the video games, they bore. If I were a teen there would be no way in hell I'd answer a sex study honestly. I was a total Jezebel in high school. I have no regrets but my parents to this day still don't know about my sordid behavior. The boys were too cute, I couldn't help myself.

1:26 PM, January 04, 2011  
Blogger DADvocate said...

Geesh, Cham, you're scaring me. I have a 14 year old daughter who's boy crazy.

I agree with you about video games, sex study questions, and telling parents. I survived. They don't need to know.

1:35 PM, January 04, 2011  
Blogger TMink said...

And the problem with self report studies is that people lie. The problem with adolescent self report studies is that adolescents lie more.


2:04 PM, January 04, 2011  
Blogger Ern said...

There is one book entitled Female Sexual Abuse of Children that looks particularly good (though it is a bit old, written in 1994).

It's new enough that Ezra Klein might be able to understand it.

7:02 PM, January 04, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lied on a school questionnaires - not because I was hiding anything, but for shits and giggles. I lied I did things that I didn't because that seemed more fun than answering no to everything. I wouldn't trust what school kids put on surveys.

8:55 AM, January 05, 2011  
Blogger Dr.Alistair said...

i still have uncomfortable memories of the attention i recieved from an older girl when i was 8 or 9 years old.

i never said anything and probably wouldn`t have been believed anyway.

i will save readers the description save for her telling me that we were now boyfriend and girlfriend and kissing me as i walked back home.

she would have been 13 or so at the time.

there was one other episode that has haunted me over time. when i was in sunday school we were all made to sit in lines in the gym in front of female teachers who had put many layers of clothes on. in turn each child got up and removed a piece of clothing from the woman standing at the front of thier line.
i can remember like it was yesterday sliding back to the end of the line each time a child ran back to the end thinking the last thing i want to do is pull a piece of clothing off a teacher.
what do you think the reaction from parents would be if a game like that was played in school today...or is it just me?

9:30 AM, January 06, 2011  
Blogger TMink said...

We never played Undress The Teacher. Sounds kinky.


11:23 AM, January 06, 2011  
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Blogger Cham said...

Getting back to self-reported studies. I'm going to be involved in the 2011 Homeless Census count coming up on January 25th.

I went to training and I had the pleasure of meeting the other census tabulators. All of them but me work in the homeless industry which is a booming field: Homeless Shelters, Homeless Counseling, Homeless Rehab, Healthcare for the Homeless, etc. I introduced myself as a hobo.

When we started the training it was abundantly clear that I was the only person who ever actually talked to a homeless person where they resided, as in right outside their tent or bench. The gist of the census is that between 1AM and 5AM on a cold winter's night we are supposed to count homeless people, and hoodwink a few of them into answering 58 complex questions filled with multi-syllable words often with medical terms that I have no idea what they mean. For their answers they get a coupon for a free meal at Mickey Dees. I'm regretting not pocketing a copy of the questionnaire. Some of the more simpler questions will be: Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Have you ever spent time in prison? Do you suffer from a mental illness? Are you or have you ever been married?

Given the demographic, the time of the questioning and what we know about self-reported answers, how truthful will anyone even think the results of this shindig will be? I can' wait to watch this go down!

1:47 PM, January 07, 2011  

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