A qualitative investigation of service providers' experiences supporting raped and sexually abused men

B Kennath Widanaralalage, Benjamin A Hine, Anthony D Murphy, Karim Murji

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Abstract

Substantial gaps remain in our understanding of the risks and barriers that exist for men affected by rape and sexual abuse. The present research utilized semi-structured interviews with 12 service providers from specialist organizations in the United Kingdom. An interpretative phenomenological analysis revealed three superordinate themes: (a) survivors' needs for agency, safety, and control as functions of their masculinity; (b) the impact of rape myths and their challenge to therapeutic intervention; and (c) survivors' expectations around reporting and the police. The role of masculinity and social stigma permeated participants' accounts, with negative stereotypes and male rape myths influencing reporting, access to services, and survivors' coping mechanisms. Results are discussed in relation to current service provision within the United Kingdom, and avenues for improvement are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
JournalViolence and victims
Early online date30 Jan 2023
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Jan 2023

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