Surviving sexual assault: The unique experiences of male adult survivors

Linda Paterson (2008)

Over the last few decades, sexual assault has received significant attention in the field of psychology and great advances have been made to assist victims. One population vulnerable to sexual assault has been largely neglected however--the noninstitutionalized adult male victim. Despite increased attention to male sexual assault over the last three decades, significant gaps in the literature pertaining to the impact and treatment of male sexual assault survivors still remain. This paper provides a review of the literature on issues pertaining to the characteristics and social context of male sexual assault with an emphasis on the impact of sexual assault on the male victim's psychological and psychosocial functioning. The influence of the pervasiveness of stereotypic notions of masculinity is a predominant theme throughout the paper. An examination of implications for service delivery, public policy reform, and further research concludes this paper.