The subject of sexual abuse has risen on The Oprah Winfrey Show on several occasions. On Friday, November 5th, Oprah took it one step further and presented the audience with two-hundred men who had been sexually abused as children. The show entitled Male Sexual Abuse Survivors Stand Together jolted the audience with the realization of this horrific tragedy within our great country.
The two-hundred men who had the courage to hold up their childhood picture and present themselves to the multitude of Oprah Winfrey viewers deserve a big hand of applause. The shame, fear and relief seen in the eyes of each man told the story of the horrifying untold horror that many men have seen within this great country we call home. The sad realization is how many children, both male and female, are still suffering the same type of abuse. With all the advances in society throughout the years, sexual abuse is still present within far to many homes, schools and other locations where children should be safe.
Several of the men spoke out and told their stories of sexual abuse. A set of twins were sexually assaulted by the priest within their church. The ordeal started when they were 8 and continued for 13 years. The two men discussed how they learned to deal and cope with the situation. Even as adults they both still have issues with trust. A day does not go past that the abuse affects them in one way or another. This situation is only one of the stories discussed on show.
A staggering statistic stated during the show stated that 90 percent of molested children know the individual making the sexual advances. This is the most common type of sexual abuse. Children within this situation have a trust in the individual which gives the sexual predator an advantage. The children are targeted and told not to tell. Then when and if they try to tell, they are normally not believed.
Dr. Howard Fradkin, a psychologist, was present during the show. Dr. Fradkin stated that one in every six men are sexually abused. The problem with the abuse is men are suppose to be strong and in control. A majority of the male children have trusted the individual who performs the abuse and feel it won’t happen again. Many feel the abuse was a mistake and it won’t happen again. These ideas prevent men from talking about a sexually abusive situation.
Read more about the show, Male Sexual Abuse Survivors Stand Together, on Oprah.com. A follow-up to the show will be aired on Friday, November 12th when the spouses join several of the survivors and discuss the aftermath of sexual abuse.