Richard B. Gartner was in the vanguard of clinicians treating male sexual victimization and has written extensively about it, initially in professional papers, then in his landmark 1999 book for clinicians Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men, continuing with his 2005 work Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse. He has been a tireless teacher, clinician, and advocate for male victims of sexual abuse in the classroom, the lecture hall, and of course the consulting room as well as in newspaper, television, radio, and online interviews.
Dr. Gartner has gathered together expert colleagues from the trauma, psychoanalytic, medical, and survivor treatment fields. Together, they have created a comprehensive guide to what was once thought to be a rarity but now is clearly an all-too-common occurrence. Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men looks at the realities of male sexual victimization, guiding clinicians and lay people alike to understand the complexities of the devastation it causes in victimized boys and men. It considers topics as diverse as:
• sexual assault in institutions like the military, sports teams, schools, universities, and religious organizations
• sex trafficking of boys and adolescents
• neurobiology and brain chemistry of male survivors of sexual abuse
• gender and sexual dysfunctions and confusions resulting from sexual exploitation and trauma
physicians’ treatment of sexually abused men’s medical problems
• socio-cultural influences on processing and treating men’s and boys’ sexual victimization
Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men is required reading for anyone working with male victims of sexual abuse and assault at any level – psychotherapists, rape counselors, attorneys, journalists, guidance counselors, physicians, clergy, graduate students, and lawmakers – and helpful to lay people interested in this often-unrecognized problem.
Introduction by Richard B. Gartner
PART I SEXUALLY ABUSED MEN AND THEIR CHALLENGES
CHAPTER 1 Effects of Sexual Abuse and Assault on Boys and Men, Richard B. Gartner
CHAPTER 2 The Bristlecone Project: Portraits of Courage, David Lisak
PART II RESEARCH, BIOLOGY, AND MEDICAL TREATMENT
CHAPTER 3 The Sexually Abused Man’s Relationship with his Physician, Frank Spinelli
CHAPTER 4Building Knowledge for Recovery: Contemporary Research on the Long-term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse on Men, Scott D. Easton
CHAPTER 5 Neurobiology and Trauma: From Basic Science to Clinical Relevance, Grant H. Brenner
CHAPTER 6 Brain Circuits, Brain Apps, Cultural Software and the Inner Worlds of Sexually Abused Males: A New Framework for Understanding, Healing and Happiness, James W. Hopper
PART III INSTITUTIONAL AND CULTURAL EFFECTS
CHAPTER 7 Sociocultural Considerations in Psychotherapy with Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Ernesto Mujica
CHAPTER 8 Interpersonal and Institutional Dissociation in the Sexual Abuse of Boys, Bill Burmester
CHAPTER 9 When Predatory Priests Become Sexually Abusing “Fathers”, Richard B. Gartner
PART IV EXPLOITATION AND SEXUALITY
CHAPTER 10 Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys and Adolescent Males, Steven L. Procopio
CHAPTER 11 Beyond the Gay/Straight Binary: Gender and/or Sexually Diverse Male Survivors, Jim Struve, Howard Fradkin, and Lee Beckstead
CHAPTER 12 Sexual Aftereffects in Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Orientation Confusion, Compulsions, Kinky Sexual Interests, and Dysfunctions, Joe Kort
Dr. Richard B. Gartner is a psychologist and psychoanalyst who specializes in treating men with histories of sexual abuse. A lifelong resident of New York City, he mainly practices in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn. He is a licensed psychologist in New York State.
Dr. Gartner is a Training and Supervising Analyst and is on the teaching faculty of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute in New York City. Founding Director of the White Institute’s Sexual Abuse Program, for six years he was Director of its Center for the Study of Psychological Trauma. The White Institute honored Dr. Gartner with its 2004 Director’s Award for his contributions to the psychoanalytic understanding of trauma.
A consultant and supervisor at the Trauma Treatment Center of the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, Dr. Gartner also taught and supervised in the clinical psychology program at Columbia University for twenty years. He attended the Bronx High School of Science and received a B.A. in psychology from Haverford and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia. He is licensed as a psychologist in New York State.
Dr. Gartner was a co-founder of MaleSurvivor: the National Organization against Male Sexual Victimization, served on its Board of Directors of for seven years, and served as its President from 2002 to 2004. He has served as Program Chair of MaleSurvivor’s international conference.