“Boys will be boys” is a classic, age-old societal dismissal of male violence early on in childhood (remember, Cain and Abel?) and is part of a broader denial of violent acts between brothers and sisters and the physical and emotional damage this type of violence inflicts on victims.
In fact, boy-girl violence accounted for 30 percent of the sibling abuse found in a 2005 study, Treating Sibling-Abuse Families, by clinical therapist Dr. John V. Caffaro, a researcher at the California School of Professional Psychology and author of Sibling Abuse Trauma, says Neal.
“Males are far more likely to assume offender roles with younger, less mature brothers or sisters,” Caffaro told Broadly.
The long-reaching effects of sibling abuse make reporting it all the more necessary but many children don’t know that they are being abused, or, if they do know, they are often afraid of reprisals and coerced into keeping quiet.