One in six men has experienced sex abuse before age eighteen.
(1888PressRelease) April 26, 2012 - Plymouth Meeting, PA - Both male and female sexual abuse victims struggle with many long-term life challenges, but many experts believe male victims have more complicated experiences than female victims.
According to http://1in6.org, an advocate for male survivors, one in six men has experienced sex abuse before age eighteen. The number could be even higher as not every case is reported. Males, especially children and teens, are less likely to disclose abuse, according to experts like Elizabeth Saewyc, a professor of nursing at the University of British Columbia who helps create individualized programs for the treatment of abused children.
"Male victims are silenced by shame and influenced by traditional male culture, specifically that males are never victims," says Peter S. Pelullo, a frequent guest on the Dr. Drew show. "Culturally and psychologically imposed blocks can create major obstacles to the healing and recovery processes."
Peter S. Pelullo's concern for adult survivors of sexual child abuse led him to create the Let Go…Let Peace Come In Foundation, an international outreach program aimed at bringing adult men and women to the recovery process. The foundation and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are aligned in a common goal of preventing child sexual abuse and the harm and suffering it inflicts and improving treatment for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
In addition Mr. Pelullo has recently released the book "Betrayal and the Beast," where he shares his own story as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and sexual predation. For many years he kept hidden and refused to face his own debilitating issues as a survivor of sexual predation-the shame, rage, multiple addictions, depression, and other influences that directly impacted his life. Finally, at the age of fifty-five, Mr. Pelullo confronted the sexual abuse he had endured as a child.
Every day sex abuse victims deal with lifelong challenges that have negative and sometimes dramatic effects on their lives, such as drug and alcohol addictions; relationship and sexual problems; psychological and mental issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); eating disorders (bulimia, anorexia, binge eating); and many others.
"The typical male sex abuse survivor avoids therapy because he believes he can handle the aftermath of his assault on his own," says Mr. Pelullo. "The truth is boys who endure childhood sexual abuse don't have the necessary experience and tools to make meaningful recoveries on their own. There is no shame in seeking professional help. Sexual abuse is a pandemic that's far more common and widespread than most people realize."
Peter S. Pelullo was the founder of Philly World Records and owner of a premiere recording studio in the '70s, where he worked with the Rolling Stones, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Cashmere, and Eugene Wilde. He is now an entrepreneur and financier focusing on technology startups. During his journey in recovery, he created the Let Go…Let Peace Come In Foundation, which supports adult victims of childhood sexual abuse throughout the world and is presently subsidizing trauma therapy sessions for a couple of the alleged victims from the Jerry Sandusky incidents at Penn State University.