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Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men


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Introduction Richard B. Gartner PART I SEXUALLY ABUSED MEN AND THEIR CHALLENGES 1 Effects of Sexual Abuse and Assault on Boys and Men Richard B. Gartner 2 The Bristlecone Project: Portraits of Courage David Lisak PART II RESEARCH, BIOLOGY, AND MEDICAL TREATMENT 3 The Sexually Abused Man's Relationship with his Physician Frank Spinelli 4 Building Knowledge for Recovery: Contemporary Research on the Long-term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse on Men Scott D. Easton 5 Neurobiology and Trauma: From Basic Science to Clinical Relevance Grant H. Brenner 6 Brain Circuits, Brain Apps, Cultural Software and the Inner Worlds of Sexually Abused Males: A New Framework for Understanding, Healing and Happiness James W. Hopper PART III INSTITUTIONAL AND CULTURAL EFFECTS 7 Sociocultural Considerations in Psychotherapy with Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Ernesto Mujica 8 Interpersonal and Institutional Dissociation in the Sexual Abuse of Boys Bill Burmester 9 When Predatory Priests Become Sexually Abusing "Fathers" Richard B. Gartner PART IV EXPLOITATION AND SEXUALITY 10 Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys and Adolescent Males Steven L. Procopio 11 Beyond the Gay/Straight Binary: Gender and/or Sexually Diverse Male Survivors Jim Struve, Howard Fradkin, and Lee Beckstead 12 Sexual Aftereffects in Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Orientation Confusion, Compulsions, Kinky Sexual Interests, and Dysfunctions Joe Kort

About the Author

Richard B. Gartner is Training and Supervising Analyst, Faculty, and Founding Director of the Sexual Abuse Service at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute; author of Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men (1999) and Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse (2005); and editor of Trauma and Countertrauma, Resilience and Counterresilience: Insights from Psychoanalysts and Trauma Experts (2017) and Memories of Sexual Betrayal: Truth, Fantasy, Repression, and Dissociation (1997) as well as the companion volume to this one, Healing Sexually Betrayed Men and Boys: Treatment for Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Trauma. Co-Founder and Past President of, he is a pioneer in treating sexually abused men and is quoted widely in the media on the subject.


"Men's lives are complicated, despite stereotypes to the contrary. Recognizing and making sense of the challenges faced by male survivors of sexual abuse requires even more complex thinking. We're very fortunate that Richard Gartner and a who's who of experts have shared their insights - and the voices of many men they've worked with - in order to help professionals better understand and serve these men. This book is a must-read for therapists, lawyers, clergy, and anyone who spends time with male survivors."
-Andrew P. Smiler, Ph.D., Board President, MaleSurvivor: National Organization against Male Sexual Victimization; Past President, Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, Division 51, American Psychological Association; author, Dating and Sex: A Guide for the 21st Century Teen Boy. "Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men: The Trauma of Sexual Abuse is a chorus of voices, coming from a range of perspectives, on the oft-misunderstood topic of men who have been sexually abused. Covering neurobiological, medical, psychological, empirical, diversity and first person perspectives, it offers practical and evidence-based information that will be a lifesaver for men who have survived abuse. This book is a "must read" for every therapist working with such men."
-Ronald F. Levant, Ed.D., M.B.A., A.B.P.P., Professor of Psychology, University of Akron; Former President, American Psychological Association; co-editor, The Psychology of Men and Masculinities, A New Psychology of Men, and New Psychotherapy for Men. "Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men is a treasure trove of illuminating essays on the devastating effects of childhood sexual abuse on boys, and on the men they become. Approximately one in six men in our culture have been sexually abused as children. Authors from a variety of fields of expertise describe the effects of childhood sexual abuse on brain chemistry and structure, interpersonal distrust, distorted and fearful feelings about the body, issues of gender and sexual identity confusion on boys, and more. All of this is in the context of straitjacketing stereotypes that instruct men not to be vulnerable. Also exposed is the surrounding dark side our culture that has implicitly allowed abuse of boys, whether in the church, in sports, or as aspects of high-ranking privileged men's customs. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the lives of men.

The editor, Richard Gartner, PhD, was the first major mental health expert to document, and describe in detail, the high prevalence of sexual abuse of boys and its effects on them. His specialized treatment approaches are described in earlier books: Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Men Abused as Boys and Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse."
-Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D.
, author, Understanding and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Relational Approach and The Dissociative Mind; co-editor, The Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis: Understanding and Working with Trauma.

"Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men: The Trauma of Sexual Abuse is an essential and incisive compendium. Integrating multiple perspectives, this book addresses the full implications of male sexual abuse: its emotional, physiological, and legal aftermath. The contributing authors achieve this with depth, wisdom, and compassion. We must thank Gartner for continuing to awaken us to this trauma, and for releasing these men from the shadows."
-Sue Grand, Ph.D., author, The Reproduction of Evil: A Clinical and Cultural Perspective and The Hero in the Mirror: From Fear to Fortitude.

"Public and professional recognition of male sexual abuse did not come into view until the 1980s. Dr. Gartner changed that and continues to do so. He has written a number of books on male sexual abuse and now, by means of this book and its cohort volume (Healing Sexually Betrayed Men and Boys: Treatment for Sexual abuse, Assault, and Trauma), we have a much better understanding of male sexual victimization.

Gartner does a masterful job of gathering mental health professionals of various backgrounds, plus academics, survivors, attorneys, and a physician to contribute to this edited book. The chapters provide clinical examples and personal vignettes. Together, these give a wide-ranging picture of male sexual victimization. A broad range of topics is considered: historical, biological, medical, institutional and cultural effects and issues related to exploitation and sexuality (including trafficking in adolescent boys), sexual interests and compulsions, and sexual dysfunctions.

Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men will impact how male sexual victimization is socially and personally understood and clinically and legally addressed. This book is a compulsory read for all those who want to understand the sexual victimization of boys and men."
-Judith L. Alpert, Ph.D., Professor of Applied Psychology and Former Co-Director, Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies Program, New York University; Professor and Consultant, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

"Gartner - who works at the William Alanson White Institute, and therefore belongs firmly to the interpersonal-cultural schoool of psychoanalysis, in which I myself trained many years ago, which explains my sympathy for Gartner - coordinates the contributions of many authors on the different and intertwined facets of the problem, including many reports of the survivors themselves. Some of the authors are themselves survivors. "
-Marco Bacciagaluppi, M.D., The American Journal of Psychoanalysis

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