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What stops men from handling being sexually abused?

Howard Fradkin, PhD
Psychology

Due to typical male socialization, men learn that they must always be strong, even when victimized during sexual assault, abuse, or rape. In addition, male socialization teaches men that the way you should deal with your problems is by yourself, as it is shameful to ask for help. It is a common stereotype that men who are abused become abusers, which is also a huge distortion of the truth. Because of these three aspects of socialization and myths, men who are sexually victimized often feel a great deal of shame, which is the main block to asking for help. It takes great courage to ask for help, and outside help is most often necessary for a man to heal from sexual abuse. To find help, you can go to www.malesurvivor.org where resources are available. You can learn to stop believing these harmful societal messages and get the help all survivors of abuse deserve and need.

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