Sexual Violence, a Method of Torture Also Used against Male Victims


Van Tienhoven, Harry. 1992. “Sexual Violence, a Method of Torture Also Used against Male Victims.” Nordisk Sexologi 10 (4): 243–9.

Author: Harry Van Tienhoven


Among large groups of male refugees in Europe, sexual violence as an aspect of torture has been recognized. Definitions of sexual violence, ways in which it occurs, and the effects on the victim are discussed. The individual cultural context of the refugee is taken into account. Survey responses from 17 reception centers documents that 129 clients had experiences of sexual violence. It is suggested that fear, anger, and/or powerlessness (feelings evoked by the discussion of violent experiences) may restrain both client and care provider.

Topics: Displacement & Migration, Refugees, Gender, Men, Sexual Violence, Sexuality, Sexual Torture

Year: 1992

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