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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalitiesInternational perspectives in social work$
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Julie Fish and Kate Karban

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309673

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309673.001.0001

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Gay and bisexual men raped by men

Gay and bisexual men raped by men

an invisible group in social work in Sweden

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(p.267) Sixteen Gay and bisexual men raped by men
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalities
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Hans Knutagård

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447309673.003.0016

Gay and bisexual men who have been raped by men are invisible in social work worldwide. Abdullah-Khan (2008; 3) claims that through a ‘combination of cultural, social, legal, and psychological issues, male rape remains one of the most unaddressed issues in our society’. The untreated experience of rape renders men silent and prevents them from their rightful access to health and social services, social inclusion and justice. For many men, it triggers a destructive trajectory, especially in the area of sexual behaviour. This chapter explores the phenomenon of male rape and considers the implications for sensitive interventions with this group of survivors in social work practice. The chapter argues that violence and lack of choice in sex or sexual relationships should be recognised as a health inequality.

Keywords:   social construction of masculinities, interaction ritual chains, qualitative research

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