Men Who Have Been Sexually Abused Have Trouble Getting Treatment
Jim Holland says he was raped by a priest when he was 13 years old. For the next 30 years, Holland locked his trauma away, holding it at bay with drinking, drugs and promiscuity. The 2002-2004 Boston Globe Spotlight investigation of sexual abuse by priests triggered his memories.
“I kept on saying, ‘No, it was no big deal. That really didn’t happen,’ ” says Holland.
Holland knew he needed help, but there were few therapists specializing in this kind of trauma. So he shoved his pain back down.
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