Andrew Durham, a consultant social work practitioner, describes his original research undertaken with young men close to or in the midst of adolescence. The book features extensive narrative, as the life–story approach taken allows the young men to theorise their own experience and to understand how and why child sexual abuse has had a harmful and long–lasting impact on their day–to–day lives.
Alongside the research stories the author presents a theoretical framework for understanding male sexual abuse, as well as a wide range of accessible practice materials. This book will be invaluable to those working with children and young people who are recovering from child sexual abuse.
About the Author vii
Foreword by Christine Harrison ix
Part I The Theoretical Context 1
1 The Social Context of Child Sexual Abuse 3
2 Male–Child Sexual Abuse Facts and Mythology 16
3 Developing a Sensitive Approach to Researching Child Sexual Abuse 32
Part II The Young Men s Stories 41
4 Seven Lives 43
5 Being Abused 54
6 Trying to Tell 68
7 Sexuality, Friendships, and Peer Relations 83
8 Still Living with the Consequences of Abuse 97
9 Being a Participant 106
Part III Implications for Practice 111
10 A Framework for Therapeutic Practice 113
11 Assistance in Recovery 125
12 Conclusions 146
Appendix A Thoughts and Feelings Sort Cards 169
Appendix B Abuser Victim Flow Chart 171
Appendix C Feeling Safe and Being Safe 172
Appendix D Information about Child Sexual Abuse 176
Andrew Durham has a PhD in Applied Social Studies from the University of Warwick that researched into the impact of child sexual abuse. He also has the Advanced Award in Social Work (AASW). He has over 20 years experience of providing therapeutic services to children and young people and is a specialist in post–abuse counselling and interventions for children and young people with sexual behaviour difficulties.
He is currently the Consultant Practitioner for the Sexualised Inappropriate Behaviours Service (SIBS) in Warwickshire and a visiting lecturer at the University of Warwick.
He also occasionally works as an independent childcare consultant, undertaking therapeutic work with children and young people, consultancy, lecturing, and training. He is registered with the Law Society as an expert witness and has been an advisor to the BBC. He has previously published papers and chapters on the subject of child sexual abuse.