Experts recently emphasised the pressing need to address the rising prevalence of sexual violence among males in a session titled “Overcoming Shame, Stigma, and Barriers in Addressing Victims of Male Sexual Violence” at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The goal of the workshop, which was led by Dhruv Gupta, M.D., a forensic psychiatry fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, was to raise awareness of the issue and give psychiatrists the knowledge and tools they need to treat male sexual trauma survivors more successfully.
Unbelievable Facts: One in Six Men are Affected
They emphasized the gravity of this problem during the discussion by stating that around one in six men had suffered sexual violence in their life. Although talks about sexual trauma frequently center on female victims, and revealed his own encounters with male victims and the significant effects it had on their mental health.
Underreporting and stigma challenges
Gupta brought attention to the grave problem of underreporting of instances of male sexual assault. He emphasized that the male survivors’ unwillingness to communicate their experiences, even with their healthcare practitioners, is a significant barrier to addressing sexual trauma in this demographic. Because of the stigma and guilt associated with conventional conceptions of masculinity, men are generally discouraged from seeking help and talking about their traumatic experiences. According to Mr. Gupta, internalized perplexity, self-doubt, dread, and guilt may deter male survivors from coming forward and further reporting what has occurred.
The Importance of Open Communication and Timely Treatment
It was emphasized by Gupta that patients’ whole histories must be freely shared with their providers in order for an appropriate diagnosis and efficient treatment planning to take place. Similar to physical health issues, trauma-related symptoms can deteriorate over time if untreated. Gupta emphasized the need of starting treatment earlier because it helps lessen the long-term effects of trauma.
Culturally Sensitive Approaches and Confidentiality
The presenters at the workshop emphasized the significance of psychiatrists using culturally acceptable and sensitive methods to elicit information regarding sexual trauma in their male patients. They recommended establishing a secure and accepting treatment setting where patients feel at ease sharing their experiences. And his associates emphasized the importance of upholding tight patient-clinician confidentiality, assuring patients that they would protect their privacy.
Comprehensive Care and collaborative Efforts
The presenters at the conference emphasized the significance of psychiatrists reviewing patients’ medical records to look for possible indications of sexual trauma. In rare circumstances, getting information from the patient’s family members may also help to provide a more thorough insight of their experiences. Also, we encouraged collaboration with other healthcare specialists to establish a comprehensive approach to treatment.
A Key Step Towards Healing and Mental Health
Gupta emphasized the importance of questioning male patients about their experiences with sexual trauma in order to provide them with thorough psychiatric care. By doing this, medical professionals can spot underlying trauma that might be hurting the patient’s mental health and general well-being and address it. This method promotes trust, verifies the person’s experience, and reduces the likelihood of subsequent trauma.
Understanding Social Determinants’ Effects
He emphasized the growing understanding of the influence of social and environmental elements on an individual’s well-being within the mental health field as she put an end to the session and he emphasized that exposure to violence, especially sexual assault, is a serious social factor that affects mental health and demands attention and treatment.