Men survivors’ perspectives on impact of child sexual abuse

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Sharma, Alankaar. (2022). Men survivors’ perspectives on impact of child sexual abuse. Children and Youth Services Review. 137, p. Article 106485. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2022.106485
AuthorsSharma, Alankaar
Abstract

Background
Previous research has shown alarming rates of prevalence of child sexual abuse (CSA) in India, including among boys. However, little is known about lived experiences of men and boys who have experienced sexual abuse during childhood.

Objective
The aim of this phenomenological study was to explore perspectives of adult men survivors of CSA on impact of abuse.

Participants and setting
Purposive sample of eleven adult men with lived experience of CSA, located in six different cities across India.

Methods
In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with men survivors of CSA.

Results
Study findings show that child sexual abuse can impact men survivors’ lives in profound and multiple ways, and survivors’ experiences are significantly influenced by sociocultural notions of masculinity. Three themes were identified: impact on self, impact on interpersonal relationships, and impact on relationships with children. Findings challenge some commonly held beliefs and misconceptions about men survivors.

Conclusions
CSA can have profound and long-lasting consequences for boys vis-à-vis their wellbeing and interpersonal and social relationships. It is important to center survivors’ voices when developing direct practice interventions, programs and policies to address CSA.

Keywordschild sexual abuse; male survivors; sexual violence; phenomenology; India
Year2022
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Journal citation137, p. Article 106485
PublisherElsevier Ltd
ISSN0190-7409
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2022.106485
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85127169397
Page range1-9
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online28 Mar 2022
Publication process dates
Accepted24 Mar 2022
Deposited03 Mar 2023
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