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ISSN 2301-5829

Vol. 3 / No. 2 / Published : 2014-08

TOC : 6, and page :124 - 131

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Original Article :

Children sexual abuse in araki’s mysterious skin (2004)

Author :

  1. Loren Damayanti*1
  2. Maimunah*2
  1. Mahasiswa Fakultas Ilmu Budaya
  2. Dosen Fakultas Ilmu Budaya

Abstract :

This study examines child sexual abuse happening to the life of the main characters in the movie Mysterious Skin. Mysterious Skin tells the story of two pre-adolescent boys who are sexually abused by their baseball coach, and how it contributes to their lives in different ways into their young adulthood. This research used qualitative approach and textual analysis to explore the experiences of two child sexual abuse victims. Using Freud’s psychoanalysis, this study revealed that sexual abuse has a great long-term impact on child caused by the traumatic events in past. It will evoke some psychological disorder which later will reflects in destructive behavior of child. The main characters, Neil, became male prostitute with same sex sexual orientation, and Brian developed defense mechanisms (repression, projection, denial) and re-occurrence dreams by attaching himself with the fantasy of alien abduction. In addition, it is also revealed how the main characters attempt to detach their painful memories. The study is expected to give more understanding about the serious contribution of child sexual abuse seen from different side, which is through behavioral outcomes. 

Keyword :

child sexual abuse, defense mechanisms , Mysterious Skin, sexual deviation,

References :

  1. Crockett, Lisa J, Marcela Raffaelli and Kristin L Moilanen., (2003). Adolescent Sexuality: Behavoir and Meaning.. 371-392. : Blackwell Handbook of Adolescence


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