Male Survivors of Sexual Assault: A Manual for Evaluation and Management for General Practitioners

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This resource is relevant for humanitarian and development practitioners working in gender-based violence response programming or in the health space; this resource may be particularly useful for those working in conflict zones or with displaced persons, where incidence of sexual violence against men is likely to be higher.

This manual for health practitioners is meant to enable health care providers to standardise comprehensive post-rape/sexual assault care for male survivors. The manual opens with a definition and key messaging around sexual assault against men. A background on male survivors of sexual assault is provided, noting the role societal attitudes and myths play in low-reporting.

The manual then goes through the steps necessary to provide comprehensive care to male sexual assault survivors. Chapter 2 provides guidance for the assessment of the survivor of sexual assault; Chapter 3 considers the workup of survivor cases including medical history and current medical status; Chapter 4 provides treatment and management protocols including the management of myths around male rape; and Chapter 5 provides referral guidelines.

This manual was created with health care providers in mind and offers specific guidelines on the types of information that should be provided to male survivors of sexual assault.

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"Management will vary depending on the assault’s circumstances. It is important to listen to the survivor, believe their story, and be non- judgmental and supportive."

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This manual for health practitioners is meant to enable health care providers to standardise comprehensive post-rape/sexual assault care for male survivors. The manual opens with a definition and key messaging around sexual assault against men. A background on male survivors of sexual assault is provided, noting the role societal attitudes and myths play in low-reporting.

The manual then goes through the steps necessary to provide comprehensive care to male sexual assault survivors. Chapter 2 provides guidance for the assessment of the survivor of sexual assault; Chapter 3 considers the workup of survivor cases including medical history and current medical status; Chapter 4 provides treatment and management protocols including the management of myths around male rape; and Chapter 5 provides referral guidelines.

This manual was created with health care providers in mind and offers specific guidelines on the types of information that should be provided to male survivors of sexual assault.