CHICAGO, May 25 (UPI) — One in six U.S. males are sexually abused before they turn age 18, a recovering sexual abuse victim says.
As part of Men’s Health Month in June, Arny Alberts, author of the book “Burnt Cookies: A Quest for Closure,” says sexual abuse and assault in men is often ignored or forgotten.
“Men tend to think they aren’t ‘real men’ if they admit they were abused or seek help. They are embarrassed. Yet they are still very much hurt inside,” Alberts says in a statement. “Just the opposite, ‘real men’ realize that the wounds and scars of their abusive relationship affect their current lives, their current relationships, and their ability to live the future they want without emotional turmoil.”
Alberts and other men in Chicago, who accused their high school football coach of sexual abuse, says sexual abuses involves not only the victims, but their parents, siblings and friends.
“I decided to try and help others who had gone through similar experiences and publish my story, as horrific and disturbing as it is,” Alberts says.
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