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Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse Paperback – June 25, 1991
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A long overdue book by a psychologist who has extensive clinical experience treating male victims of child sexual abuse, it explodes the myth that sexual abuse of male children is rare, or that the consequences are less serious than for girls. Hunter examines the physical and emotional impact of abuse on its victims and the factors affecting revovery. With personal case histories of victims and their families, this is a powerfully written and meticulously researched book that is a landmark in the field of child sexual abuse literature.
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After I had been with the office for several years, I read a case involving a young boy who had been sexually assaulted by his twenty year-old uncle. As I reviewed the file, it dawned on me that I had seen very few male-on-male sexual assaults. And of that very small amount, most of the cases were prison rape. During my five year tenure, I remember seeing less than five cases of sexual assaults on boys (either by males or females).
That struck me as odd. Denver saw its share of sexual assaults on children, to the tune of several per week during the summer months [parents: do yourselves and your kids a favor - stay away from water parks; they're hunting grounds], yet 99.9% of the victims were girls. Granted the number of assaults I saw only represented REPORTED assaults, I knew, logically, that the number of male victims had to be significantly higher than what I was seeing. I made a mental note to look into this topic.
That's how I came across this book. I was never a victim of sexual assault, so I thought this book might be a good, academic, supplemental read. I could not have been more wrong. To read this book is to go through a gut wrenching experience - even for somebody who has been privy to the unedited ugly side of human nature as I have. I honestly believe most men, straight or gay, have no concept of what it would be like to be repeatedly forced to have sex with another man. This book explains why male sexual victims rarely come forward: the sense of shame, humiliation, and fear combine with the societal taboos of incest, child molestation and homosexuality.
It is a powerful book.
Dan Lobnitz - University of Denver College of Law (2L)
Mic Hunters book helps by first letting you know you are not alone. Then he dissects Sexual Abuse in categories
1. What is sexual abuse (You will be surprised because sometimes it is subtle and misinterpreted.) How it affects your everyday life (Oh and it does.) What are the recovery issues and how to start healing the affected areas of your life. (Like if you don't know where to go, this has information on groups and organizations who can help.)
2.) Survival Stories of other Survivors (because that is what you want to be a Survivor not a Victim) This is the most powerful part of the book. There are many different stories so any person suffering from the abuse is bound to find a similar story.
Because of the sensitive subjectthe book may be difficult to read . I read some parts and had to stop because it was getting too intense.
I would strongly advise this book in your collection. hope this has been helpful.
However, I strongly discourage survivors from using this book, at least early in their recovery process. The author acknowledges the need for recovery groups to be screened to avoid the inclusion of inappropriate persons in a group, yet failed to do so for his readers and included a story by a survivor/perpetrator. This story is told in the typical detached way of a survivor, and although a young perpetrator, the crimes he commits are among the most heinous in the book. As a female survivor myself, the story resulted in a period of dissociation - something that has not happened to me in 10 years.
Although many perpetrators were themselves victims at one time, these are two very different patient populations and for the sake of fragile survivors the two should not be mixed. I am surprised at the author's lapse in judgment.
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Completely asinine "non-fiction" fiction... Very many boys were never touched or taught how to have sec and are lagging in society.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
For any adult male who was sexually abused as a child, this is a must read. It changed my life around.Published 3 months ago by John W
I know someone with an abused child and have looked at and reviewed a great many books on the subject. This one was basic, easy to read and easy to apply the advice.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Rather heart wrenching to read. I don't know what the matter is with our society. I have found that the further this culture moves away from God, the worse these kinds of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elise Panon
Have you even read my book?
If you did, you would know that part of it talks about my own experiences with sexual abuse. Read more
Although the material is well organized, it is written in a dry manner that is very clinical and not so general reader friendly. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bob Sledd
This book conveys lots of accurate information but does not promote healing. It is part of the cult of permanent recovery where you can go on with it forever, always "making... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tommy Turpolene
This will cause pain, but at the same time it will guide you to kill the demon.Published 22 months ago by Moisés Mendoza
This was a good book if you are looking for stories of people who have experienced abuse. I thought it would have more pointers for how to help people overcome the negative... Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by Elizabeth Hamrick