I've got a character who is 18 now, but when he was 12 he was in a strange pub, and he was molested by a random drunk man. Basically, the guy pinned my character's back against the wall, started rubbing my character's crotch and whispered stuff in his ear. My character manages to get away, but the whole experience scars him, and it's still effecting him as an 18 year old.
I've been looking all over Google for male reactions to molestation, but haven't really found what I'm looking for. Does anyone know of any good, reputable websites that describe different male psychological reactions to something like this? I'm trying to figure out ways that he would play out his insecurities in his life.
Thanks so much, guys.
Oh my goodness: you guys are so incredibly thorough! Thank you so much for your dedication! As asked, here is some more detail of the situation.
In my world, 12 is still considered the younger side, although it's not unheard of for people to get married at that age. But my character is still running around with his friends causing mischief, still only starting to be interested in girls. He comes from a very conservative family that believes very strongly in the masculine man who marries a docile homemaker woman, and his community echoes this belief. They are a little pocket of society that wouldn't think that going after young boys would be a good thing. It's only when he goes to a larger town that someone comes after him. He's never had that happen before, in fact most of his town is rather ignorant about homosexuality of any kind. The town wouldn't blame him for it, but he doesn't really know what happened, and he's still absolutely terrified.
And for the record, ANY information about baggage feelings from ANY era would be appreciated, even if it's about 20th Century men. I don't know much about it at all (being a woman) and would love to get a rounded perspective.
I hope this helps. If anyone else has questions, don't hesitate to ask.