The Impact of Sexual Abuse on Sexual Identity Formation in Gay Men

  title={The Impact of Sexual Abuse on Sexual Identity Formation in Gay Men},
  author={Stephen Brady},
  journal={Journal of Child Sexual Abuse},
  pages={359 - 376}
  • S. Brady
  • Published 2 October 2008
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
ABSTRACT Emerging data suggests that as children, gay males have an increased risk for physical and sexual abuse. Anecdotal evidence suggests that a significant subset of children abused by clergy identify as gay as adults. However, we know very little about the impact of clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse in childhood on the development and psychosocial functioning of gay men. This article describes the incidence of childhood abuse in the lives of gay men and the probable impact of clergy… 

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