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Title: Male survivors of sexual assault : to tell or not to tell?
Author: Pitfield, Catherine
ISNI:       0000 0004 2749 408X
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2013
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Male rape is an underreported and under-researched crime that has serious consequences for survivors. This thesis presents a thematic analysis of interview transcripts with six survivors of male rape and sexual assault. The data collected from interviews was divided into four themes: ‘Difficult to talk’, ‘Isolation’, ‘Reporting Rape’ and ‘Identity’. These themes all sat within a wider discourse of masculinity. The analysis indicated that participants struggled to construct and understand their rape experiences. The silence surrounding male rape in society seemed to leave participants without a frame of reference or the words to describe what had happened to them. Their rape appeared to dismantle a previously held internal image of self and participants seemed to have to negotiate the consequences of the rape into new, reconstructed identities. Constructions of masculinity appeared to affect the decision to disclose the rape to others, including reporting to the police. Taking control with the police and other services seemed to be one way for participants to reclaim the masculinity they perceived themselves to have lost in the rape. Throughout participants’ talk, anger was a central pervasive theme; a sense that it simmered constantly within the men and would be more acute at times they deemed themselves to have lost control. This thesis ends with recommendations to services for supporting male rape survivors and suggestions for future research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral