UNSPOKEN TRUTHS ABOUT MALE SEXUAL ABUSE
Male sexual abuse occurs far more commonly than previously suspected, yet too few victims ever seek support. Countless remain silent. They cope through isolation, becoming workaholics or other types of over-achievers, avoidance, substance abuse, denial, promiscuity, hyper-masculinity etc.
MEN TOO: UNSPOKEN TRUTHS ABOUT MALE SEXUAL ABUSE is for male survivors and their supporters. It is an educational, heart-wrenching look at 13 male sexual abuse victims experience, written from the perspective of a retired police officer and registered psychologist.
Using their narrative accounts Dr. Palfy offers:
- Healing for male victims through insight and support.
- Strategies for parents and teachers to identify the grooming tactics of predators plus ideas to better protect children.
- Information for helping professionals to recognize traumatized boys and men, plus explanations for why male victims often remain silent for so long.
Conversations about male sexual abuse need to increase! ME^N TOO highlights the complex, unique barriers boys and men face after abuse and put them on the road to recovery.
Dr. Kelli Palfy began her professional career working in adult and youth corrections. Here she noticed a disproportionate number of males in the system. After becoming an RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officer, she took an interest in investigating sex crimes and went on to specialize in sex crimes committed against children internationally. Here, as she combed through video evidence, she witnessed first-hand the grooming tactics commonly used by sophisticated pedophiles.
After retiring from the RCMP, Dr. Palfy obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Alberta where she conducted her doctoral research on the reasons why males don’t commonly disclose sexual abuse. She is now a trained trauma therapist and public speaker on the topic of male abuse. Dr. Palfy currently runs a small private practice where she works with male survivors of sexual abuse, first responders, victims of bullying and couples. Outside of her professional life she enjoys hiking, cycling, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, hanging out with friends and her pets.