This page is for professionals who work with men who have experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault. Below is a list of open access articles and studies that may be useful to your practice. Please note that all links to external websites will open in a new window.
Male survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Getz, L. (2011). Male survivors of childhood sexual abuse: Looking through a gendered lens. Social Work Today, 11 (2).
Read the article on the web.
Male survivors of sexual assault and rape
Crome, S. Male Survivors of Sexual Assault and Rape, Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA) Wrap, No 2 (2006).
This resource document provides a current overview of research and information concerning male survivors of sexual assault and rape.
Download the article [ 194 KB] or view it on the AIFS website.
A view from inside the box
by Survivors West Yorkshire, A view from inside the box: A social research project exploring sexual abuse/violence service provision across the Bradford district.
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Containing and resisting masculinity
Kia-Keating, Grossman, Sorsoli & Epstein (2005), Containing and Resisting Masculinity: Narratives of renegotiation among resilient male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Download Article [ 108 KB]
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- Lisak, D. (1994). The psychological impact of sexual abuse: Content analysis of interviews with male survivors. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 7, 525-548. Download article
- Holmes, G.R., Offen, L., Waller, G. (1997). See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil: Why do relatively few male victims of childhood sexual abuse receive help for abuse-related issues in adulthood? Clinical Psychology Review, 17, 69-88. Download article
- Holmes, W. C. & Slap, G. B. (1998). Sexual abuse of boys: Definition, prevalence, correlates, sequelae, and management. JAMA, Dec 2, 280(21), 1855-1162. Download article
- Dube, S. R., et al. (2005). Long-term consequences of childhood sexual abuse by gender of victim. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 28, 430-438. Download article
Reviews and reports
An Exploration of Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
This exploration of services for male survivors of sexual abuse was conducted by Martyn Sullivan, CEO of Mankind Counselling, as the beneficiary of a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Scholarship. It involved visiting services throughout Australia and Canada in 2010 and 2011.
Read the report [ 590 KB]
Review of Queensland Health responses to adult victims of sexual assault, (March 2009). Released by Queensland Health October 2009.
Download the report [ 720 KB]
The Living Well ‘Review of the Review’
Living Well’s Initial Response to the KPMG Review of Queensland Health responses to adult victims of sexual assault (November, 2009). Invited by Queensland Health as part of its consultation process, this report has now been completed and forwarded to Queensland Health.
Download the report [ 956 KB]
Service provision for males who have experienced sexual assault or abuse
Between August and October 2009, Living Well, in conjunction with students from the University of Queensland, conducted a nation wide survey of current service responses to men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or sexual assault. An initial analysis of the data has been completed and a report created. The intention is for further analysis to be conducted on the gathered information and for it to be utilised to inform improved service delivery and support throughout Australia.
Download the report [ 430 KB]
Accounts of men’s experience and support needs
Nelson, S., & Jamieson, L. (2007), Care and Support Needs of Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse – Interim Report.
Download the report [ 356 KB]
Moving forward information sessions
Spall Watters Consulting (2010), Feedback consultation commissioned by Queensland Health in response to KPMG’s 2009 Review of Queensland Health Responses to Adult Victims of Sexual Assault.
Download the report [ 1.34 MB]
The right to choose
Queensland Sexual Assault Services (2010), The Right to Choose: Enhancing Best Practice in Responding to Sexual Assault in Queensland. This document outlines suggestions for developing best practice responses to women victims of childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault in Queensland.
Download the report [ 2 MB]
Queensland Sexual Services (2010), Limiting Choices: Critical Analysis of Proposed ‘Hub’ Model. This document reviews and critiques the KPMG Review of Queensland Health’s Responses to Adult Victims of Sexual Assault. It outlines concerns about the impact on women victims of childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault if a restrictive hub and spoke model of service delivery is introduced. Download the report [ 1.5 MB]
Other websites and organisations have collected some bibliographies that are relevant to work with men who have experienced child sexual abuse and sexual assault. These collections are not only comprehensive, but are particularly useful in that now a number of important articles are available online.
Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA)
ACSSA aims to improve access to current information and resources in order to assist those committed to working against sexual assault. ACSSA will help to support and develop strategies that aim to prevent, respond to, and ultimately reduce the incidence of the crime of sexual assault.
Just Detention (formerly known as Stop Prisoner Rape) is a United States human rights organization, working to put an end to sexual violence against men, women, and youth in all forms of detention. To achieve this goal, Just Detention seeks to: engender policies that ensure government accountability for prisoner rape; change ill-informed and flippant public attitudes toward sexual assault behind bars; and promote access to resources for survivors of this type of violence.
Publications on Just Detention
South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA)
This site contains information on sexual assault, child abuse, sexual harassment and family violence for children & schools, family and friends, survivors and workers.
The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian Government’s key research body in the area of family wellbeing. AIFS conducts original research to increase understanding of Australian families and the issues that affect them. This includes Child Family Community Australia.
XY: Men, masculinities and gender politics online
XY: men, masculinties and gender politics is one of the best online resources on men and gender issues. XY features 200 or so articles on key ‘men’s issues’, from fathering and men’s health to the relationships between masculinity, class, race and sexuality, to domestic and sexual violence. XY also includes personal stories, book reviews, and links to related websites.
Mens Bibliography on XYonline
Next Step Counselling
The Next Step Counseling and Training is located in Brooklin, Massachusetts. Co-directors Mike Lew, M.Ed. and Thom Harrigan, LICSW and their associates offer individual therapy, couples counseling, group therapy and clinical supervision as well as experiential workshops, professional trainings and public lectures. A primary focus of the work at The Next Step is adult male recovery from the effects of sexual child abuse and other trauma.
Next Step Counseling Bibliography