Understanding the experiences of British South Asian male survivors of child sexual abuse

Aisha K Gill Ph.D. CBE*, H. Begum

*Corresponding author for this work

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There have long been South Asian communities in Britain, but there remains a dearth of research on CSA in these communities. Most existing research considers the experiences of female CSA survivors, leaving male CSA survivors with limited access to evidence-based support services; when talking about British South Asian male survivors, this issue is compounded by institutionalised discrimination and racism. This chapter explores eight semi-structured, in-depth interviews with British South Asian male survivors. By using interpretative phenomenological analysis, the authors identify a number of key themes in these accounts, including barriers to disclosing CSA, the effect of masculinity and sexuality on how survivors process their abuse, and the impact of sociocultural norms that impede discussing and disclosing CSA. The lens of Masculinities Theory illuminates the role of cultural imperatives of shame and honour, and how British South Asian men construct and understand their experiences of CSA largely according to cultural and societal expectations of ‘being a man’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChild Sexual Abuse in Black and Minoritised Communities
Subtitle of host publicationImproving Legal, Policy and Practical Responses
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages55
ISBN (Electronic)9783031063374
ISBN (Print)9783031063367
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2023

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022.

Structured keywords

  • SPS Centre for Gender and Violence Research


  • Child sexual abuse
  • South Asian communities
  • Masculinities
  • Honor-and-Shame


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