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For Male Survivors


Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life After Boyhood Sexual Abuse

In this powerful book, Dr. Gartner allows his patients to speak for themselves. The men’s heartrending stories convey the full range of long-term devastations of boyhood sexual abuse: the despair, the secrecy, and the isolation; the worry about manhood and sexual orientation; and the difficulties of developing intimate relationships. In sharing their stories, these courageous men demonstrate what bravely deciding to face your inner demons can bring you: trust, resolution, and connection.

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Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and Other Sexual Child Abuse

Our culture provides no room for a man as victim. Men are simply not supposed to be victimised. A ‘real man’ is expected to be able to protect himself in any situation. For the millions of men who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, this groundbreaking work offers hope, understanding and essential advice for healing. This book addresses survivors with compassion, intelligence and respect.

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Narrative Approaches to Working with Adult Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: The Clients’, the Counsellor’s and the Researcher’s Story

This is a book survivors may find really helpful for giving insight into male abuse. Kim Etherington has written some of the chapters and 2 male survivors of abuse – brothers – tell their stories of what happened to them and their experience of therapy with Kim.

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Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse

This book, by a psychologist who has extensive clinical experience treating male victims of child sexual abuse, 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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Understanding Male Sexual Abuse: Why Male Victims Remain Silent

In his second book Understanding Male Sexual Abuse, 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. By Understanding Male Sexual Abuse, it’s possible to start exploring solutions to a terrible problem.

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Male Survivor

Male Survivor is committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism. Their ‘Professionals’ section holds a lot of useful articles and papers on different aspects and effects of sexual abuse of males by other males or by females.

Male Survivor London

A peer to peer support group for male survivors of child sexual abuse and rape.

Male Survivors Trust

Support and information for adult male survivors of child sexual abuse and adult rape – includes a male survivors forum.

Mankind Counselling

Support for men aged 18+ who have been sexually abused.

Mankind Initiative

A national telephone helpline providing counselling, support and information to male victims of domestic abuse. (Can also provide treatment for female perpetrators of abuse).


SurvivorsUK helps men who have been sexually abused and raises awareness of their needs.

A Self Help Guide for Males Who Have Been Sexually Abused

This self help guide covers a multitude of relevant topics with practical and insightful support in facing a wide range of issues for male survivors. As a result, it will also be a very useful read for female survivors too!

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