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#368064 - 08/13/11 08:09 PM Book Review: Sexual Abuse of Males: the SAM model
GoodHope Offline

Registered: 07/05/11
Posts: 428
Sexual Abuse of Males: The SAM Model of Theory and Practice by Josef Spiegel

Consider yourself forewarned: unless you are in medical or psychology field, this book will require you to consult your dictionary at least every other page (just bookmark and be done with it). If you are willing to do that, this book is fascinating for both survivor and supporter.

My husband's therapist recommended the book and told him "I think you'll see yourself in those pages."

Boy did he ever. It freaked him out but gave me comfort. This book explains in exhaustive and extremely technical terms, the adverse effects to body and psyche from child sexual abuse in males. The book also addresses, dis-associative issues, flashbacks, hyper-arousal and a host of other issues I've seen addressed on this board.

My husband and I had been together 8 years when he disclosed and during that whole time he suffered (suffers) from gastrointestinal and sleep issues. Turns out that is EXTREMELY common in Sexually Abused Males (referred to as SAMs) in the book.

If one had the time and inclination, referenced material alone would keep you busy for decades.

This is a textbook and nothing about the writing or organization would lead you to believe otherwise. Still i found it to be compelling reading.

If you can stand the laborious pace at which you will be forced to go, and the expense (today on it's cheapest price is $66) it is worthwhile resource.

Wife of a survivor

#368093 - 08/14/11 05:14 AM Re: Book Review: Sexual Abuse of Males: the SAM model [Re: GoodHope]
CruxFidelis Offline

Registered: 06/16/10
Posts: 486
Loc: NJ
is there any reference to men being abused as adults or is the scope only limited to childhood abuse?

“If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark.”

- Saint John of the Cross

#368112 - 08/14/11 10:45 AM Re: Book Review: Sexual Abuse of Males: the SAM model [Re: CruxFidelis]
prisonerID Offline
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Registered: 02/17/08
Posts: 1247
Loc: Oklahoma

The Amazon review talks about it in broad male abuse terms but the product de>
Broad statements often miss their true mark.

#368223 - 08/16/11 12:39 PM Re: Book Review: Sexual Abuse of Males: the SAM model [Re: prisonerID]
well-intended Offline

Registered: 04/15/11
Posts: 124
Loc: Belgium
Extremely interesting. Thanks for the tip.

#368225 - 08/16/11 01:06 PM Re: Book Review: Sexual Abuse of Males: the SAM model [Re: well-intended]
Ken Singer, LCSW Offline

Registered: 08/24/00
Posts: 5781
Loc: Lyons, CO USA
I think this book is the most comprehensive one on the topic of sexual abuse of males. It is academic and like most academic books, the timeliness is subject to new research. Although most of the journal articles and books Spiegel cites are classics, research is continually evolving so that much of the material is dated. The book was published in 2003.

Blissfully retired after 35 years treating sexual abuse

#368235 - 08/16/11 05:11 PM Re: Book Review: Sexual Abuse of Males: the SAM model [Re: Ken Singer, LCSW]
pufferfish Offline

Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA
This book looks good. I'm going to get a copy when my fortune comes in. The author's name is Spiegel, which in German means "looking glass". I thought that was appropriate.

There are lots of things I have questions about, for my self and for other guys here at MS. This may be the source of answers.


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