Male Sexual Abuse and Homosexuality
An examination of the relationship between male sexual abuse and the development of homosexuality.
# 117838 | 1,727 words | 5 sources | APA | 2009 |
Published on Dec 22, 2009 in Child, Youth Issues (Child Abuse) , Gender and Sexuality (Homosexuality) , Gender and Sexuality (Theories of Gender)
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This paper examines the question of whether male sexual abuse can lead to homosexuality. First, the paper discusses the origins of homosexuality and the relationship between homosexuality and sexual abuse. The paper then examines the problem of sexual abuse itself, where it comes from and who the specific individual predators are. The paper also analyzes the victims and the impact of sexual molestation on their individual behavior and psychology and then examines if any link exists between sexual abuse and later homosexual behavior.
From the Paper:"One of the reasons that this link between male victimization at an early age and homosexuality is so clear is because once sexually active; children tend to define their trauma through renewed sexual experiences. This is a trend that has been seen consistently with female victims who have a tendency to be extremely sexually promiscuous in the wake of sexual abuse (Friedman, 83). This tendency occurs because victims believe that if they have multiple sex partners they would no longer feel the pain associated with their sexual abuse. For male victims this feeling and general inclination also exists. However, having no viable outlets at a young age to engage with heterosexual partners, they tend to turn to a homosexual lifestyle."
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