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Healing Sexually Betrayed Men and Boys: Treatment for Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Trauma | Psychoanalysis in a New Key Book Series
Richard B. Gartner
Routledge / Softcover / 2017-08-01 / 1138942251
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About the Book

Healing Sexually Betrayed Men and Boys: Treatment for Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Trauma is the new authoritative source for treatment of sexually victimized men and boys. Male victims and survivors of sexual trauma lived in shadow until the turn of the 21st century, when scandal after scandal about the sexual abuse of boys and men shed light on their suffering. These men and boys require different treatment roadmaps than their female counterparts. Yet there is little in the professional literature to help a clinician work with sexually traumatized boys and men.

Richard B. Gartner is a seasoned psychologist/psychoanalyst who has worked therapeutically with sexually abused men for over three decades. He is a clinician, advocate, teacher, lecturer, and nationally and internationally recognized expert on the subject. Dr. Gartner’s classic book, Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men, is one of the few written to guide clinicians. Now, nearly two decades after writing that groundbreaking volume, he follows up on his earlier work. Healing Sexually Abused Men and Boys,together with its companion volume, Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men, is a thorough, comprehensive guide to learning about and healing male victims and survivors.

Dr. Gartner has invited a group of experts to write about specific problems faced by these boys and men. Specialists from the psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, trauma, and legal worlds fill in the details about a wide range of interconnected subjects related to the complex reverberations of male sexual trauma. Healing Sexually Betrayed Men and Boys covers such diverse topics as:

therapy with young sexually traumatized boys;
the aftermath for men who were raped as adults ;
covert seduction of boys and its aftereffects;
treatment for substance addictions and sexual compulsions;
couples work with male survivors and their partners or spouses;
bodywork with male survivors;
treatment for male veterans who suffered sexual trauma in the military;
profiling sexual predators and working with survivors who have also been sexual predators.
This book is a valuable resource for clinicians at every level of training. With strategies for how survivors can build support networks and descriptions of clinical, familial, and community-based treatments, Healing Sexually Betrayed Men and Boys is essential reading for clinicians of all theoretical persuasions who work with male sexual abuse survivors. Filling in gaps in the relatively scant literature on the subject, it will also help sexually abused or assaulted men themselves understand what is available to them.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION Richard B. Gartner


Chapter 1 Treating Sexually Abused and Assaulted Men Richard B. Gartner

Chapter 2 Psychotherapy with Sexually Abused Boys Daniel Gensler

Chapter 3 Adult Male Survivors of Sexual Assault Linda S. Barnard

Chapter 4 Male Veterans’ Recovery from Military Sexual Assault and Harassment W. Christopher Skidmore and Monica Roy


Chapter 5 Empowering Male Survivors to Heal Through Community and Peer Connections Howard Fradkin and Jim Struve

Chapter 6 A Requiem for a Men’s Trauma Organization: The Men’s Project 1998-2015 R.I.P. Rick Goodwin

Chapter 7 Anesthetizing Open Wounds: Substance Addiction in Male Survivors of Sexual Victimization Scott M. Hyman and Steven N. Gold

Chapter 8 Early-Life Sexual Trauma and Adult-Life Hypersexual Behavior (Sex Addiction) in Males: Making the Connection Christine Courtois and Robert Weiss

Chapter 9 Body Awareness and Self-Protection Training for Male Sexual Abuse Survivors Paul Linden


Chapter 10 The Heart of the Matter: A Female Therapist Works with a Male Survivor Mikele Rauch

Chapter 11 Covert Seduction and Its Effects on Boys and Men Kenneth M. Adams

Chapter 12 Working with Male Survivor Couples Heather B. MacIntosh


Chapter 13 Profiling Real-Life Child Sex Offenders Jim Clemente and Francey Hakes

Chapter 14 The Challenge of Viewing Sexual Offenders as Both Perpetrators and Victims Don Greif

Chapter 15 Dual Histories of Abuse and Perpetration Lynne MacDonell and Craig Bolton


"A nationally recognized expert on childhood sexual abuse with particular expertise in the treatment of men who were abused as boys, Richard Gartner graces us with his fifth book on this worldwide epidemic. Gartner, a clear and thoughtful writer, has been published widely in psychoanalytic journals, national newspapers, magazines, and has testified at the Markey hearing, where he made a reasoned and impassioned plea for changes in the New York State statute of limitations for reporting childhood sexual abuse. InHealing Sexually Betrayed Men and Boys: Treatment for Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Trauma Gartner brings together experts in the field to address a variety of crucial issues such as: Can sexually abused men find compassion and understanding for the shame and anger they live with? What are the long-term, potentially dire consequences for sexually abused boys as they move through adolescence into manhood? How do therapists and society cope with the male sexual perpetrator whose violence has its roots in unprocessed, dissociated sexual trauma? This volume is a must read for anyone who works in the field of trauma!"-Sheldon Itzkowitz, Ph.D., ABPP, co-editor, The Dissociative Mind in Psychoanalysis: Understanding and Working with Trauma

"Healing Sexually Betrayed Men and Boys: Treatment for Sexual Abuse, Assault, and Trauma is a welcome addition to the literature on the victimization of males because the scope of the book is wide and the chapters have depth. The contributors are knowledgeable and well-respected practitioners who see first hand the damage caused by sexual abuse, but also know that healing is possible. It ought to be a part of every training program's library."-Mic Hunter, Psy.D., author, Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse and Honor Betrayed Sexual Abuse In America's Military

"For too long, boys and men who have been sexual abused or assaulted have been overlooked, neglected or minimized by society and the health care community. This extremely powerful book is a must read for all mental health professionals who want to right that wrong and deliver trauma-respectful and empowering care to their male patients. In this volume, recognized experts intersperse descriptions of various treatment approaches with clinical cases sharing inspiring stories of healing from the complicated aftermath of sexual betrayal and violation of trust. These males’ strengths, courage to confront fears, and reclaim of lost experiences are unforgettably illustrated."-Joan Cook, Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine; 2016 President, Division of Trauma Psychology (Division 56), American Psychological Association

"A comprehensive, exhaustive and invaluable resource for understanding the suffering of victimized boys and men… enthusiastically recommended."-Gary Brooks, Ph.D., Co-Founder, APA Division of Men & Masculinity; author, Beyond the Crisis of Masculinity

"Richard Gartner is a pioneer in studying the impact of trauma, especially sexual trauma, on men. His first book, Betrayed as Boys, broke new ground twenty years ago. Now, with the release of two new volumes he has broadened the field by including the work of other clinicians struggling with the same challenges, dilemmas, and achievements in working with male survivors of sexual abuse. Grappling with issues of violence and the damage done to boys and men (as well as to girls and women) and the world we live in takes courage and fortitude, but understanding and altering post-traumatic pathways in male development is critical to our shared future."-Sandra L. Bloom, M.D., author, Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies; co-author, Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Trauma-Informed Systems of Care

About the Editor

Richard B. Gartner is Training and Supervising Analyst, Faculty, and Founding Director of the Sexual Abuse Service at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute; author of Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men (1999) and Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse (2005); and editor of Trauma and Countertrauma, Resilience and Counterresilience: Insights from Psychoanalysts and Trauma Experts (2017) and Memories of Sexual Betrayal: Truth, Fantasy, Repression, and Dissociation (1997) as well as the companion volume to this one, Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men: The Trauma of Sexual Abuse. Co-Founder and Past President of, he is a pioneer in treating sexually abused men and is quoted widely in the media on the subject.

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