Don't Tell: The Sexual Abuse of Boys

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McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002 - Psychology - 205 pages
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Nearly one male in six has been the victim of sexual abuse during childhood or adolescence – and yet this abuse remains a taboo subject, even among victims. InDon't Tell, Michel Dorais gives the victims a voice, providing a sensitive analysis of their traumas and self-questioning, and offering strategies for coping.Don't Tellexamines the effects of sexual abuse on the emotional and sexual life of men, including their sense of self and their personal relationships. Using the first-hand accounts of victims Dorais shows that certain reactions are specific to male victims of abuse as they attempt to preserve a sense of physical integrity and masculinity. He also provides innovative strategies for both prevention and treatment that will be of use to those who have suffered abuse as well as to their families and all those who are trying to help them – spouses, friends, social workers, and therapists.

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Michel Dorais has spent many years working with victims of sexual abuse and juvenile prostitution as a clinical social worker and is now a professor of social work at Laval University in Quebec City. He is the author of ten books dealing with sexuality. Patrice Corriveau is assistant professor in the Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa and the author of La r pression juridique des homosexuels au Qu bec et en France.

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