we exclude at-risk male children and adolescents in
situations of vulnerability from
research, we fail to learn about them and thus, fail to develop new,
better ways to approach, treat and protect them from neglect, abuse and
As a result of government's protective stance, issues of autonomy, informed consent and confidentiality, the physical, psychological and social health and well-being of sexually abused and sexually exploited young males are understudied. And appropriate services - medical, social, legal - for survivors are underfunded by government agencies: "what gets measured gets done"
The lack of research and reporting also affects the quality of private donations that are gifted to support initiatives working to raise the quality of life for young male survivors: "If it were true that thousands of young males are being sexually abused and sexually exploited and do not have anywhere that is, in truth, safe to live, surely it would be all over the media."
But even if images of sexual violence experienced by males is placed on the front page of the New York Times, few people are educated to read the signs.