Survivors of Sexual Assault
society's prevalent images of men claim that men are always strong,
invulnerable, stoic, and in control. Despite these stereotypes,
men of all ages, sizes, strengths, looks, personalities and sexual
orientations are victims of sexual assault. Males are sexually
assaulted both as adults and as children.
Many people wonder why men are assaulted at lower rates than women.
Sexual assault usually results from the perpetrator's attempt
to feel more powerful, thus the individuals society perceives
as having less power are often at greater risk for sexual assault.
This is one reason why males are less often sexually assaulted
than females, and why male children are at a greater risk of sexual
assault than are adult males. On an individual emotional level
males are as profoundly affected by sexual assault as females.
As a result of the assault, male survivors frequently experience
emotions such as:
confusion over sexual intimacy
is not unusual for a sexual assault to leave a male survivor questioning
his masculinity. This along with the fact that men are more frequently
assaulted by other men, may cause a male survivor to question
his sexual orientation.
These reactions are common because our society perpetuates the
myth that sexual assault is about sexual attraction not domination
and power. This same myth often inhibits survivors from seeking
help in the aftermath of the assault. All survivors, male or female
are entitled to receive empathetic, non-judgmental support and
information after an assault. And, regardless of gender, the assault
is never the survivors fault.
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