Dr. Richard Gartner is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in New York City who specializes in treating men with histories of sexual abuse. Dr. Gartner is the author of several books and numerous articles about sexual abuse including Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse and Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men, as well as the editor of Memories of Sexual Betrayal: Truth, Fantasy, Repression, and Dissociation. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst and is on the teaching faculty of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute in New York City. He is the Founding Director of the White Institute’s Sexual Abuse Program and for six years he was Director of its Center for the Study of Psychological Trauma. He also supervised in the Clinical Psychology Program at Columbia University for twenty years. Dr. Gartner served for seven years on the Board of Directors of MaleSurvivor: the National Organization against Male Sexual Victimization, and was its President for 2002-2004.
Lifetime Achievement AwardThe American Psychological Association’s Division of Trauma Psychology (Division 56) bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on Dr. Richard Gartner in August 2021 in recognition of his life’s work recognizing, understanding, healing, and disseminating information about male sexual victimization.
Studies suggest that one in six boys is sexually abused by age 16.
Here are some facts about the sexual abuse of boys and men.
Myths About Boyhood Sexual Victimization
Preconceptions abound about the sexual abuse of boys and men. Here are some of the common myths.
To find out about therapy and for help in choosing a therapist, see this excerpt from Dr. Gartner's Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse.
Listen to the interview with Dr. Suzanne Phillips about Understanding and Treating Sexually Betrayed Boys and Men broadcast on PsychUp Live, Voice America
See Dr. Gartner’s Video appearance with Vera Institute of Justice: “Betrayed as Boys: Understanding the Aftereffects of Boyhood Sexual Abuse.” This was part of the Vera Institute’s Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series.
See Television interview on ABCNews Nightline, "Filmmaker accuses Kevin Spacey of groping him at a bar in 2003."
See Testimony on Statutes of Limitations for Sexual Abuse given to the Markey hearing in NYC.
Read the New York Times Science Interview with Dr. Gartner: “Beyond Betrayal: Men Cope With Being the Victims”