Advocacy group Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse (CPTCSA) said on Friday, February 14, that boys, like girls, also experience forms of sexual abuse and they need interventions too.
The group conducted the study “Caring for Boys Affected by Sexual Violence” with the international network Family for Every Child Global Alliance. The study discussed the realities of boys who were sexually abused aged 17-24. The respondents came from the Philippines, Cambodia, India, and Nepal. (READ: When kids don’t know they are victims of sexual abuse)
Zenaida Rosales, executive director of CPTCSA, said that the issue of sexually abused boys were neglected as “our energies and neighborhood conversations about sexual abuse seem to focus only on our girls.”
Here are the major findings of the study:
The study noted what boys need is to have equal protections, as compared girls. This includes protecting them from “misbehavior that could land them in trouble with the law and into long prison sentences.” Services like counselling should also be made available for them.
The stigma on boys being weak when speaking up about sexual abuse poses a major problem, too. The study noted family support appears to be the most important factor for sexually abused boys.
To address these gaps, Rosales said, “we need to balance the good work we do with girls with good work to do equally for boys.”
“We all need to hear the stories of the lives of boys, the pressures they face, the limited support that they receive, and the consequences of the cultural and social expectations we place on our males,” she added. – Rappler.com