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why don't males often seek help for childhood abuse?

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Dr. Cyma Khalily
Psychiatry 35 years experience
SHAME AND FEAR: Difficult at times for a man to admit to something like this in our soceity where men are suppose to be "strong". Admitting abuse takes a lot of strength and guts and can be a huge relief. There is no place for shame or fear because a child whether male or female should be cherished and cared for. There is no excuse ever for abuse. Go speak to someone, anyone that you trust whether a physician, or.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No?: Men and women survive and seek to learn new living skills after bullying in the home and elsewhere has forced us to learn behaviors that serve us poorly in real life, and to avoid repeating patterns in a new generation. A man is perhaps more likely to be quiet or to say, "i'm learning new living and thinking skills" than to say, "i was abused." but they may mean the same thing.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Takes great courage: I agree with dr. Khalily about shame being a barrier preventing men from seeking such help. I've treated many men who did acknowledge sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Even though they were little boys when these things happened, they blamed themselves for not being able to stop the perpetrators (who were much larger adults). Their parents either were the abusers or didn't intervene.

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