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The Next Wave: Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse  

Author:  David Lisak, Ph.D..

Source: Volume 06, Number 04, Spring 2014 , pp.7-10(4)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Over the past decade or two, as we’ve seen a growing number of exposes of institutionalized child sexual abuse, such as in the Catholic Church, the Horace Mann school, and the Penn State/Sandusky case, it becomes increasingly clear that while child sexual abuse is infl icted most often on little girls, it certainly has happened and is happening to a large volume of boys. As child sexual abuse expert David Lisak points out in this article, with each new revelation of another institution found to have enabled the sexual abuse of children under their care, another wave of victims is bound to come forward—and more and more of these victims happen to be boys. Dr. Lisak explores the particular ways that sexual abuse can negatively affect the male psyche, undermine a boy’s sense of himself as a male and ultimately leave its fingerprints on virtually all aspects of a the male’s future adult life.

Keywords: health and mental health effects of sexual abuse

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