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It 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.

Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

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Our 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:

pain
anger
loneliness
shame
anxiety
confusion over sexual intimacy


It 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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