Men, just like women, normally don’t disclose that they were abused as children. Men, however, have an additional burden placed on them because of the stereotypes placed on them by society that they must be “manly” and hide their feelings. All this does is to reinforce the old messages that they are to deny their reality of what happened to them.

Research shows a range of ways that the victimization of boys differs from those of girls.1

Molested boys may be more prone to externalize sexual and aggressive behavior, report having school problems, have trouble involving the police, have fantasies of aggression, have sexual preoccupation, and excessive masturbation. These issues are among the reasons that bring men into the healthcare setting.

[1] Elliott, D M, Briere, J:  The Sexually Abused BoyProblems in Manhood. Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality 26:68-71, 1992.