Male sexual assault victims: a selective review of the literature and implications for support services

Davies, M (2002) Male sexual assault victims: a selective review of the literature and implications for support services. Aggression and Violent Behavior, A Review Journal, 7 (3). pp. 203-214. ISSN 1359-1789

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In recent years much has been done to publicize the plight of female rape victims. However, the sexual assault of adult males has received little attention in the research literature or by the public. This paper provides a selective review of the research into the prevalence and effects of male sexual assault victims. Research shows that the effects of sexual assault on adult males are often severe. This paper also outlines findings from experimental studies that have shown that reactions towards male sexual assault victims depend on both the victim’s sexual orientation and the perpetrator’s gender. Finally, implications for support services are outlined. Victims of both male and female perpetrators are considered, and both gay and heterosexual victims are discussed in relation to the specific needs of these victims. The needs of transgendered victims are also briefly considered, as are the needs of the sexual partners of male sexual assault victims. This paper concludes by offering some suggestions for future research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final definitive version of this article was published in Aggression and Violent Behavior,Vol.7,3 Copyright © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. Aggression and Violent Behavior can be found online here -
Uncontrolled Keywords: Male Sexual Assault Victims; Prevalence; Experimental Studies; Support Services
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Dr M Lowe
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2016 18:20
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2016 09:49
Identification Number: 10.1016/S1359-1789(00)00043-4

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