Here is that rare resource, a workbook for boys who have been sexually abused. Recognizing that most information on healing from sexual abuse is directed at girls and women, authors Leslie Bailey Wright and Mindy Loiselle have made healing tools accessible to the increasing number of boys who disclose that they have been sexually victimized.
In a strong, simply written approach, boys are encouraged to get support, recognize their feelings, confront their fears, and respect their coping strategies while deciding which ones might need to change. Examples drawn from real life illustrate situations, feelings, and possible solutions. Exercises allow victimized boys to reflect on the impact of abuse and try out steps toward healing and change, while a "your page" section promotes self-expression. Boys are encouraged to look toward a future of healthy relationships by finding support, getting treatment, and raising their self-esteem through changing negative self-talk messages to positive ones. (1997)
Issues include, among others:
* the importance of disclosure
* court, social services, and foster families
* peer and family assault
* substance abuse and other high risk behaviors
* sexuality facts and fears
* relationships at school and with friends
* guilt and reality
* therapy, dissociation, and PTSD.
For boys ages 10 and up
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Authors Leslie Bailey Wright and Mindy Loiselle also wrote Shining Through: Pulling It Together After Sexual Abuse, a successful and widely used workbook for sexually abused girls aged 10 and up, now in its second edition.
"A helpful contribution to the sexual trauma recovery field. Written for victims and their families, not for professionals, it addresses male victims' major concerns sensitively and supportively while offering practical and helpful advice on the recovery process."
- John Hunter, Clinical Director, The Pines Treatment Center, Portsmouth, VA