Christchurch Press 25 June 2012
A “well-overdue” study on men sexually abused during childhood has been launched by Otago University. It is the first national research project to look into male sexual-abuse victims, and some survivors hope it will raise awareness on an “ignored area of pain”. Dunedin School of Medicine clinical psychologist Tess Patterson started the investigation into sexual-abuse risk, resiliency and treatment factors this year. The project will cover the impact and consequences of male childhood sexual abuse, support systems, and sexual offending by victims. One Christchurch sexual-abuse survivor who has been involved in the research said it was “bloody hard” to openly talk about his experience, but he was “actually quite stoked” someone was taking an interest.
….Christchurch-based Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust manager Ken Clearwater has been pushing for research for years and was pleased it was under way. He said most of New Zealand’s sexual-abuse research was targeted towards women, and it was “well overdue” for someone to focus on male victims.