Sexually Abused Boys more likely to Indulge in Unsafe Sex

 

According to a research published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health, it has been found that boys who have been sexually abused are more likely to indulge in unsafe sex. They are five times more prone to cause teen pregnancy. The research was carried out by doctors from the University of British Columbia. The researchers found that compared to boys who have never faced any form of sexual abuse, boys with an abuse history are two times more likely to engage in unsafe sex. There are three times more chances of such boys to have multiple sexual partners.
 
For their study, the researchers, led by Yuko Homma from the UBC School of Nursing, analyzed data on studies published on this topic in the past two decades. They finally zeroed on 10 sets of surveys carried out in the U.S. and the British Columbia. The data for final analysis encompassed 40,000 male students from high schools all over the U.S. and the B.C. The data was collected between 1986 and 2011. The researchers tried to explore the links between history of sexual abuse of the boys and their indulging in risky sexual behavior. They focused their study on teen pregnancy, multiple sexual partners and unprotected sex.
 
Researchers have opined that boys are less likely to tell about an incident of sexual abuse compared to girls. In North America just 8% of boys report sexual abuse at home compared to 20% girls. This is because most of the parents believe that this doesn’t happen to males. It is imperative to spread awareness about sexual abuse of boys in the parents so that they speak to their children about it and ways to prevent it.
 
Boys also need a supportive atmosphere at home to deal with the trauma of sexual abuse. Schools ought to include sexual abuse prevention in their curriculum for health education while physicians should routinely screen children for any history of sexual abuse. It is only when sexually abused boys are given adequate mental support that they will be protected from the ills of unsafe sex.
 
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