Male Disclosure of Sexual Abuse and Rape

Jennifer C. Yeager, MSc; Joshua Fogel, PhD

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Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal. 2006;6(1) 

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Conclusions and Implications for Advanced Practice Nurses

Identifying and facilitating a history of sexual abuse can be emotionally and cognitively strenuous for the patient and for the advanced practice nurse or other clinician. This strain can be alleviated with proper training to recognize the red flags, and by having an established procedure for identification, referral, and treatment of male rape victims.

Acknowledging the link between a possible history of sexual violence and a host of adult mental and physical illnesses is essential. Not only does this knowledge allow for an understanding of the impact on adult male rape victims, it also promotes treating survivors with compassion and understanding and providing essential treatment and support options. Furthermore, treating the "underlying condition" as the reason behind a host of physical and psychological problems may result in fewer medical visits for these male patients.

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