According to RAINN, 1 in every 10 victims of sexual assault are males. That might be a low estimate. The odds are that many young boys who are sexually abused might remain silent.
That reality came out during the investigations of Roman Catholic clergy sex abuse. The boys were too confused and shamed by what had happened to confide those experiences to a caretaker-or authorities.
In addition, in the rooms of recovery, during discussions, once males re-learn to trust they often share that they had been molested. So do females, of course. The surprise to me was two-fold. One, that so many males also had been taken advantage of. And, secondly, they were still torn up internally by the ordeal. Most were filled with self-hate. I have a hunch that is at the root of addictive behavior.
The continual exposes of sexual exploitation during the past few years should help open the culture. All of us who have been victims, especially as children, now get it that it really is a MeToo trauma.
During my years of seeking help for clinical depression, it was not until I was 58 that a therapist asked me: Had I been molested as a child? It was then that I finally could stand back and observe the self-hate. Ironically, what it took to become whole was forgiving myself. You bet, both females and males often assume "we were asking for it."
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