Relationships between women and boys have garnered attention because of recent high-profile cases, many involving teachers and students. The publicity might encourage more boy victims to come forward, said Richard Gartner, a New York psychologist and author of “Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men,” reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He said men who were abused as boys contact him after suffering problems including drug, sex or gambling addiction or realizing they are unable to sustain a relationship with women. Boys often don’t see themselves as victims and say they are in love, but they are not mature enough to understand the meaning of the word or understand they have been victimized, Gartner said.
“Sex abuse is one of the worst things you can do to a kid, boy or girl,” said Mary Ann Kovach, chief counsel of the criminal division of the Summit County prosecutor’s office. Gartner said adolescent boys might believe they are in charge of the situation or are an equal. In Northeast Ohio cases where women were convicted of having sex with boys, the boys never contacted police. The Plain Dealer describes several recent cases in the area.