Research on Men Sexually Abused or Assaulted

Research on Men Sexually Abused or Assaulted

For over 30 years, researchers have been working hard to understand issues surrounding male survivors of sexual abuse and assault.

In the past, most researchers have focused on girls and women, not the experiences and needs of men – which can be very different, in many ways.

Fortunately, especially over the past 20 years, more and more researchers have focused on the effects of unwanted and abusive sexual experiences on men – and on how to help them deal with those effects and lead increasingly happy and healthy lives.

The following sections are designed to give you an insight into the current research being conducted, some of which you may be able to participate, a list of completed research studies, and reports from 1in6 and our partners.

Research Opportunities

The following is a list of opportunities to participate in ongoing research around the issue of male sexual abuse and assault.

If you are interested in participating in any of these studies, please click the study and follow the directions listed by the researcher.

How we have vetted these studies:

  • When a request is made to 1in6 to post a research study, we have a couple of criteria that must be met before we move forward.
  • If the request is from a graduate student, we ensure that the student has a thesis or dissertation chair to guide and mentor them through the process of research.
  • All studies must have Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. The IRB reviews and approves all research for the safety and well being of participants.
  • We must have the IRB letter of approval on file.
  • If you would like information on listing your research please email [email protected]

Please note: While we have listed these research studies, they are merely opportunities for you to participate; there is no obligation for you to participate. 1in6 makes no claim to the benefit of these studies and by agreeing to participate, you are entering into an agreement with the researcher alone; 1in6 takes no responsibility.

If you are interested in participating in any of these studies, please click the study and follow the directions listed by the researcher.


The Role of Intimate Partnerships in Understanding Masculinity for Adult Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

This study is a short, qualitative survey interested in role of intimate partnerships in the process of masculine identity formation for adult male survivors of child sexual abuse. Participants will be asked to answer 12 questions in a narrative format. All data will be collected confidentially and participants will receive a 10$ Amazon electronic gift card for completing the study. The questions focus on beliefs about masculinity and experiences with romantic partners. Participants will not be asked about specific details of the abuse.

Valerie Maxey is a doctoral student at The University of Georgia in Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Link to Survey:

Case study on men who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse

Justin Spiehs is a doctoral student in Kansas State University’s Lifespan Human Development Ph.D. program. He is conducting dissertation research on how men who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse have coped with this experience.

This exploratory case study employs a standard structured interview to ascertain self-reported losses in psychological and material resources experienced by adult males in the aftermath of childhood sexual abuse. More specifically, the study looks to ascertain whether/how these men deal/dealt with these losses.

If you are an adult (over age 18) male survivor of childhood sexual abuse and are willing to share part of your survivorship story, please contact Justin at [email protected] to set up a confidential interview. The interview will be conducted via phone and last approximately one hour.

You will receive a full explanation of your rights as a participant and of the protections in place to safeguard confidentiality, as well as benefits and risks associated with participation.

The Citadel: Volunteer research opportunity for victims/survivors of sexual/partner violence

Be part of an important research study.

– Are you at least 18 years of age?
– Have you experienced sexual/partner violence from a current or former romantic partner?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study.

The purpose of this study is to better understand the experiences of victims/survivors, particularly in terms of the use of technology, responses to victimization, obstacles faced, and coping strategies used. Benefits of participating include being able to discussion your victimization experiences and helping us gain a better understanding of this type of violence.

Participation in the study is completely voluntary. Any information you provide will be kept confidential. The study is being conducted by professors at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. Please contact Dr. Kristen Hefner ([email protected] or 843-953-6061) or Dr. Jordana Navarro ([email protected]) if you have questions. To access more information about the study including the survey, please visit:

Walden University: Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Assault Parent-Adolescent Experiences

This phenomenological study seeks to understand how adult survivors of childhood sexual assault (ASCSA) experience when their own children begin to explore sex. Childhood sexual assault (CSA) has been shown to create issues for the victim over their life time, pervading inter-and intrapersonal relationships, cognitive and emotional processing, formation of healthy attachments and parenting styles. A narrative online questionnaire will be used to interview ASCSA parents about their experiences when they have conversations with their children about sex. The purpose of this study is to understand how a parent who has survived childhood sexual assault expresses their parenting experiences when their own children (9-18) begin to explore sex. If you agree to be in this study, you will be asked to:
– Provide a nickname to protect you
– Complete a brief questionnaire which will take between 30-60 minutes to finish
– Provide some background information about your age, race, ethnicity, marital status, etc.
– Provide information regarding your children’s age and gender
– Answer questions about your history of being a victim childhood sexual assault
– Describe your experiences as a parent
– Describe your experiences as a parent when your child began to explore sex
If you would like to participate in this study please click this link

Stanford University Medical Center and Palo Alto University Psychological Research Study for Men

We are recruiting participants for a study focusing on adult men who have had unwanted sexual experiences prior to the age of 18. We want to better understand the emotional and psychological response and outcomes to such experiences, both as children and as adults.

To be eligible:

  • Men ages 21-65 years old
  • History of unwanted sexual experiences prior to the age of 18

The study is at Stanford University Medical Center and consists of:

  1. a brief telephone interview;
  2. an in-person interview; and
  3. questionnaires

At the conclusion of participation, you will receive a $50 gift card. You can withdraw your participation at any time. Due to the sensitive nature of the study, community referrals will be made available to all participants.

For more information, contact (650) 382-2087 or [email protected]. For Participant’s rights questions, contact (866) 680-2906.

All calls/contacts are confidential.

Chance for Men to Win Gift Card! (Males 18+)

Psychology researchers at the University of Akron are conducting a study about mens’ experiences with sexual coercion. Sexual coercion is defined as pursuing sexual behavior through the means of physical force, authority, blackmail, verbal persuasion, manipulation, pressure, or through the use of substances like alcohol or drugs. If you choose to participate, you will be able to enter a raffle for a chance to win a $25 gift card for which there will be 4 winners after the study is complete.

Specifically this survey will examine the relationship between sexual coercion, masculinity, post-traumatic growth, shame, and post-traumatic stress. The survey takes about 25 minutes. You may participate in this study if you are a man ages 18 or older who has had a negative sexual experience where you felt unsafe at any time in your life. Men from all sexual orientations are welcome to participate as we feel that it is important for all voices to be heard. Feel free to pass this survey on to your friends via Facebook or other social media sites. To learn more:

Study for Abuse Survivors, University of Exeter, UK

Researchers from the University of Exeter are conducting an international survey on emotion processing in adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and would like to invite adults who are interested in taking part.

Find out more about this anonymous and confidential study here:

Revictimisation Study – Dr Nadia Wager – Reader in Psychology, University of Bedfordshire

I am seeking volunteers to take part in an interview study exploring peoples’ experiences of unwanted sexual experiences across the life-span. The objective of the study is to understand why some individuals who have experienced sexual violations during childhood are subsequently sexually assaulted in later-life, by different offenders. This phenomenon is known as sexual revictimisation. The overall aim of the study is to help inform the development of more effective interventions to prevent the reoccurrence of repeated incidents of unwanted sexual experiences.

Read more about the study here: Revictimisation Study

If you think you might be interested in taking part, please email Nadia ([email protected]) for further information or to arrange to chat further about the study on the telephone.

To see a brief overview of Dr. Wager’s research, visit her blog at

Research and Reports from 1in6 and our Partners

1in6 is dedicated to furthering the understanding abuse on male survivors. As we conduct research and publish our findings, we will add them to the list below. In addition, we will include publications from our partners and allies, as well.

Stories of Strength: Report on Child Sexual Abuse & Community Recommendations for Prevention

by 1in6 & Peace Over Violence

Stories of Strength: Report on Child Sexual Abuse and Community Recommendations for Prevention is a collaboration between Peace Over Violence, a sexual, domestic, and children and youth violence prevention center and 1in6 an organization dedicated to helping male survivors of sexual abuse. We are grateful for this opportunity to join forces in the Ms. Foundation for Women’s Ending Child Sexual Abuse National Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to inspire and ignite a national movement to prevent and ultimately end child sexual abuse.

Read the report here.

1in6 Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Agency Survey

by 1in6

Our survey of more than 400 Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Coalitions and programs across the country revealed a deep interest in providing services to men who had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood. Half cited a need for more clinicians and mental health professionals specifically trained to serve male survivors as a critical need. Nearly two-thirds said they were looking for resources for men and family members and nearly as many felt resources for staff was critically important. Not surprisingly, increased funding for services for male survivors was a need expressed almost universally.

Read the report here.

For information about individual states or other questions, please contact Peter Pollard at Peter(at)

1in6 Stanton Fellowship Findings Report

by 1in6

In December 2009 1in6, received a Stanton Fellowship from the Durfee Foundation. The purpose of the Fellowship was to support 1in6 and other social service agencies as their staff researched and developed solutions to intractable social problems. The early experience of 1in6 staff and board members had suggested that while they had created excellent information and support resources for male survivors, their loved ones and service providers, society’s collective ignorance of male childhood sexual abuse as well as the tremendous shame and stigma imposed on its survivors continue to present major challenges to making progress on this issue. Over the two years of this Fellowship, 1in6 Executive Director Steve LePore spent time each quarter conducting research on this topic. The research consisted of readings by and interviews with the leaders of a diverse set of social movements and organizations, each of which succeeded in the past in overcoming the challenges posed by the sometimes difficult and unconventional nature of their issues.

Read the report here.

Current Research on Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Have you ever wondered what the researchers are saying about male survivors of sexual abuse? A phenomenal number of studies have been completed in the last 30 years and we have compiled a list of over 60 research studies. While this list is comprehensive it is not complete, as studies are being conducted worldwide. We will continue to update this reference page as more research is published.

Click to see our Survivor Research Reference Page.

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