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Big Boys Don’t Cry: A Critical Interpretive Synthesis of Male Sexual Victimization

Show simple item record Depraetere, J., Vandeviver, C., Vander Beken, T., & Keygnaert, I. 2018-12-21T18:15:00Z 2018-12-21T18:15:00Z 2018
dc.identifier.citation Depraetere, J., Vandeviver, C., Vander Beken, T., & Keygnaert, I. (2018). Big boys don’t cry: A critical interpretive synthesis of male sexual victimization. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. en_US
dc.description.abstract Sexual victimization is typically presented as a gender-based problem involving a female victim and a male offender. Science, policy, and society focus on female victims at the expense of male victims. Male sexual victimization is thus understudied compared with female sexual victimization. By performing a critical interpretive synthesis of research papers, policy documents, and gray literature (N = 67) published in four electronic databases from January 2000 through September 2017, this article establishes the prevalence of male sexual victims and the causes that underlie the underrepresentation of this group in existing research and current policy. The prevalence rates of male sexual victims vary considerably, with up to 65% of men reporting sexual victimization. The underrepresentation of male victims was found to be rooted in prevailing gender roles and accepted sexual scripts in society, together with rape myths and stereotypical rape scripts. The former prescribes men as the dominant and sexually active gender. The latter denies male sexual victimization and frames women as “ideal victims.” Combined, these prevailing societal perceptions of men, male sexuality, and sexual victimization prevent men from self-identifying as victims and inhibit them from seeking help to cope with the adverse consequences of sexual victimization. Addressing the gender differences in sexual victimization requires societal and political changes that challenge prevailing stereotypical perceptions of sexual victims. Such changes could result in improved support services for male sexual victims. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Trauma, Violence, & Abuse en_US
dc.subject male victims en_US
dc.subject disclosure en_US
dc.subject sexual assault en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject Belgium en_US
dc.subject services en_US
dc.title Big Boys Don’t Cry: A Critical Interpretive Synthesis of Male Sexual Victimization en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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