Protecting boys from the risk of sexual abuse

Briggs, Freda, and Hawkins, Russell M.F. (1995) Protecting boys from the risk of sexual abuse. Early Child Development and Care, 110 (1). pp. 19-32.

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Relatively little is known about the sexual victimisation of male children. Because more girls report sexual abuse than boys, it has been widely assumed that boys are less vulnerable or that their abuse is less damaging than the abuse of girls. As a result, child protection programmes have been directed towards the protection of females. Interviews with 194 adult male survivors of sexual abuse suggest that the victimisation of boys is under‐recognised, under‐reported and that boys are not adequately protected by parents and current child protection curriculum. Subjects identified their sexual curiosity and ignorance as the primary contributors to their victimisation. Non‐incest victims also believed that the lack of physical affection from their fathers contributed to their vulnerability. Strategies to facilitate the recognition and reporting of sexual abuse by boys warrant immediate attention.

Item ID: 50085
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1476-8275
Keywords: sexual abuse, boys, risk, protection
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2017 04:52
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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