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Understanding Male Sexual Abuse: Why Male Victims Remain Silent [Kindle Edition]

O'Brien Dennis
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Book Description

The best way to understand male sexual abuse is to learn about its survivors. They are the victims, and they have stories to tell.

Author O’Brien Dennis recounts how he was sexually abused as a boy in Jamaica, and he also shares accounts from other men who were abused. By giving them a voice, he unveils how male sexual abuse can so easily happen at the hands of close and trusted family, friends and even strangers.

As you read these intimate stories, you’ll learn how society’s narrow definitions of sexuality and masculinity have conspired to silence male victims, preventing many from speaking up about their abuse. Sexual abuse hurts victims, who may later suffer from drug addiction, sexual dysfunction, self-blame, guilt, and other problems. Male rape is used not only as a form of subjugation but also as a tool for war and dominance in contemporary wars and conflicts.

Male sexual abuse is underreported, and it is estimated that one in six boys is sexually abused before he reaches age sixteen. By Understanding Male Sexual Abuse, it’s possible to start exploring solutions to a terrible problem.

“Dennis calls on policy makers and public administrators to raise their heads from their sheaves of paper and to pay attention to the many men who are victims of rape in prisons or other institutions, and to see that male sexual abuse is more than a public health hazard; rather, it rips at the fabric of society and humanity.”
—Antoine B. Craigwell, journalist

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About the Author

O'Brien Dennis was born and raised in Jamaica, where he was a victim of male sexual abuse. As the executive director of the O'Brien Dennis Foundation, he researches sexual abuse and provides a safe haven for survivors and their families. He lives in Westchester County in New York State and is also the author of The Cries of Men: Voices of Jamaican Men Who Have Been Raped and Sexually Abused.

Product Details

  • File Size: 337 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: iUniverse (August 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars A for Effort, but Not for Results December 7, 2011
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I read this right around the time the Sandusky controversy broke out. This book may help many who have suffered this tragedy to heal.

Multicultural feminists have argued that women's studies too often treats women as if they were a monolithic group and fails to take race and class matters into account. This book does not treat men as a monolithic group. The author is a Jamaican native and a rainbow flag man. He brings up race, sexuality, and class matters much so than others probably would. You can think of this as a GBM text that could be included with works by James Earl Hardy or Essex Hemphill.

This book had a HUGE number of spelling errors. Most chapters begin with adages, and they are almost all grammatically horrid. He really needed to have a good speller check his book before he released it. Also, this book just was not as strong as Michael Scarce's "Male on Male R" book.

This book almost feels like a meditation. However, the hodgepodge nature may frustrate many advanced readers. While victims of this tragedy may relate to the personal narratives here, there's something quite low-budgety about this book.

I am glad this book exists. It'll also be friendly to readers at various educational levels. Still, there's something quite unpolished about this text.
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