In this installment of a five part series titled “Things Men Don’t Want to Talk About”
for the Manlihood ManCast, Josh Hatcher of Manlihood.com talks about sexual abuse.
Here’s some information on male sexual abuse from 1in6.org
A 2005 study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, on San Diego Kaiser Permanente HMO members, reported that 16% of males were sexually abused by the age of 18.1
A 2003 national study of U.S. adults reported that 14.2% of men were sexually abused before the age of 18.2
A 1998 study reviewing research on male childhood sexual abuse concluded that the problems is “common, under-reported, under-recognized, and under-treated.”3
A 1996 study of male university students in the Boston area reported that 18% of men were sexually abused before the age of 16.4
A 1990 national study of U.S. adults reported that 16% of men were sexually abused before the age of 18.5
That 1 in 6 statistic is based on reported, documented cases. There is a lot of reason to believe that the number is higher.
Men who have experienced sexual abuse in their past are very likely to experience these issues:
- Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
- Alcoholism and drug abuse.
- Suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts.
- Problems in intimate relationships.
- Underachievement at school and at work.
Bottom line is – Men don’t like to talk about it.
But maybe we should. Maybe not out in the open in front of everybody, if that makes you uncomfortable – but find someone you can trust and talk about it. See a counselor if you’ve found yourself struggling with depression, or ptsd, or suicidal thoughts.
You are not alone
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