Men Rape Men!?

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(10), 709–710. The reviewer notes that the mere fact that this book (see record 1997-36269-000) exists is its main accomplishment, as there is scant literature in the area of male-on-male rape. Most people think of rape as something done to women by men. The author brings his readers a depth and refinement of understanding of the multifaceted and complex phenomenon of male-on-male rape. The fact that the author is himself a rape survivor, and that the reader meets the testimony of several other male rape survivors in the course of the book, lends enormous credibility and power to this book. Like many survivors, Scarce is compelled to understand what happened to him and why and contributes to the healing of himself and others who have suffered similar experience by the process of the book itself. Power emerges as the central dynamic in male-on-male rape just as it is in male-on-female rape. Scarce traces, at very nuanced levels, the fluid reality of human sexuality as he attempts to deconstruct prevailing myths about heterosexuality and homosexuality as static and opposing poles. The reviewer's only criticism of the book is that it is difficult to classify what type of book it is; it is not a clinical study nor an academic book nor a scientific study. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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