Consequences of Male-directed Sexual Violence Part 2

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During a UN-sponsored seminar on sexual violence against men and boys in conflict Dr. Ernesto Mujica discussed the psychological and biological impacts of this violence.

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Consequences of Male-directed Sexual Violence Part 2

  1. 1. - - - - - - MDSV - - - - - - Biological, Psychophysiological, Psychol ogical, and Psychosocial Consequences  Biological Consequences:  Infections: UTI's, HIV, Hepatitis, other STDs  Physical damage to genital areas resulting in pain, ruptures, sexual dysfunction
  2. 2. Psychophysiological Consequences Psychophysiological Factors of PTSD:  Hyperarousal – exagerated startle response, elevated BP, muscular tension/soreness, hyperventilation, panic attacks, physical agitation, digestive problems/frequent stomach upset, difficulty falling or staying asleep.  Chronic pain , chronic fatigue  Sexual Dysfunction: impotence / premature ejaculation not associated with physical etiology
  3. 3. Psychological Consequences  Flashbacks, nightmares, repetitive dreams of assault/abuse ( PTSD)  Recurrent intrusive thoughts, images, smells or other perceptions, obsessive-compulsive behavior  Foreshortened sense of future  Dissociation and derealization  Emotional numbing or distancing  Emotional withdrawal, isolation, depression  Addictions / Substance Abuse
  4. 4. Psychosocial Consequences  Stigmatization: others may blame victim or fear they may now become a perpetrator  Sense of shame, anger and guilt for feeling damaged and having been unable to prevent assault/abuse, loss of sense of manhood  Lack of trust of others, fear of being re- traumatized / Social Isolation/Withdrawal  Distancing from children and family, loss of intimate relationships, sense of being damaged, dirty, contagious  Loss of Employment (due to symptoms)
  5. 5. “I want you to know, Sheila, that you'll always be more than just another babysitter to me.”
  6. 6. “I want you to know, Paul, that you'll always be more than just another babysitter to me.”
  7. 7. em@PsychoanalysisToday.com Ofc: 212-721-0369 Cell: 917-414-3804

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