A member asked:

Why is it that the young male victims feel shame after being sexually assaulted?

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Dr. George Klauber answered

Specializes in Pediatric Urology

Guilt: Because they somehow believe that they should or could have avoided the assault, or the mistaken belief that they provoked it themselves. Hence the reason that they usually don't report it, or fear that the pervert who assaulted them will harm their loved ones.

Answered 7/29/2013

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Dr. Brian Lynch answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Shame: Very complex question. Usually at least three feelings; guilt , being ashamed and shame. Shame is a feeling of confusion that what is going on is not good. Guilt , being ashamed are feelings that we will be punished for it. How we know that it is wrong at such an early age is not an easy question to answer. Shame is necessary , guilt and embarrassment are not. We learn the last two.

Answered 5/7/2016

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Dr. Andrew Berry answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Shame: In our society at least, it's inconceivable in mainstream thinking that the male can be the victim; it always has to be the female. It's bad enough when a female is sexually assaulted, God knows, but, in my opinion, it's almost worse when the male is the victim. My colleagues may disagree with me on this, and I hope all those with diffeering opinions chime in here. It's an incredibly important.

Answered 3/5/2015

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