The New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation presents
"Betrayed as Boys: Meanings, Consequence, and Treatment of Sexually Abused Men"
Research suggests that one in six boys is directly victimized sexually by age 16. This workshop will address the special issues boys and men face when processing childhood sexual abuse. Particular attention will be given to the topics of male gender socialization, sexual orientation worries, and myths that interfere with men being open about their histories or even recognizing their sexual betrayal. There will also be a focus on the problems of boys abused incestuously, by female abusers, and by clergy, health care workers, teachers and other caretakers. Aftereffects of sexual abuse for men will also be considered. These include rage, isolation, dissociative adaptations involving substance abuse and other compulsive or addictive behaviors, as well as relational problems such as sexual dysfunction, distrust of authority, troubles with intimacy, phobias about being in relationships at all, and concerns about becoming a victimizer. Treatment issues and transference/countertransference dilemmas will be addressed.
Dr. Richard Gartner has been treating sexually abused men individually and in groups since the 1980s. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute in New York City, where he is also faculty and Founding Director of the Sexual Abuse Service. The White Institute honored Dr. Gartner with its Director’s Award for his contributions to the psychoanalytic understanding of trauma. Dr. Gartner is the author of Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men (runner up for the Gradiva Award given by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis for Best Book on a Clinical Subject).
He also wrote Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse and edited Memories of Sexual Betrayal: Truth, Fantasy, Repression, and Dissociation. He is a past president of MaleSurvivor: the National Organization against Male Sexual Victimization (malesurvivor.org). Dr. Gartner has been quoted widely about male sexual victimization in such venues as the New York Times; Associated Press; Los Angeles Times; Washington Post; New York Newsday; USA Today; The Nation; O! (Oprah’s Magazine); and Cosmopolitan. He has been interviewed on such shows as Paula Zahn Now (CNN); The Early Show (CBS); and Geraldo at Large (Fox), as well as on radio stations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. He was featured in the Emmy-nominated WABC-TV documentary “Protect Our Children: Teenage Boys and the Wall of Silence”; was an invited speaker at the FBI Symposium on Online Sexual Victimization of Children; and has been the subject of a full-length interview in the Science Times section of the New York Times. For further information, visit his web site at www.richardgartner.com.