Although many people may feel that men cannot be sexually assaulted; it does happen. In the United States; 2.78 million men have been victims of sexual assault or rape. Several incidences have gone unreported and fewer than 1 in 10 male-male rapes are unreported. Experts estimate that 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime.
Effects of Sexual Assault on Men
Many people grow up thinking that rape only happens to a woman. He, the survivor who shares his view, may feel isolated and alone.
However, many men share the exact same feelings as females when they have been sexually assaulted. Some feelings include; guilt, powerlessness, shock, anger, and denial.
Questions Men May Have?
Men may be concerned about their sexuality or masculinity. He may repeatedly ask himself, “Does this mean I am gay”? He may wonder about the medical procedures if he decides to go to the hospital.
He may wonder if he needs to report it to law enforcement or what people will think of him if he does. He may be worried about telling others, wondering what they will think or say. Often times the victim may feel he will be unable to find resources and support.
First Step, Inc. offers services to men. Our organization can offer you the support you need to continue on with your life. It is very difficult for someone, male or female, to continue on with their life without some form of support.
Motives for Sexual Assault
Motives are the same for most sexual assault victims. They are based on power and control. The assailant will use one of three methods of attack: entrapment, intimidation, or physical force.
Facts about Male Rape
- Men are usually raped by other men, although females can be perpetrators.
- The majority of the male rapists that rape men identify as heterosexual.
- Both homosexual and heterosexual men from all parts of society, regardless of race, class, age, religion, size, appearance, or strength can be raped.
- Men are less likely to report sexual assault.
What Can Be Done
As a society we need to recognize that men are sexually assaulted. We need to be aware of the misconceptions about homosexuality that make it difficult for male survivors to disclose when they are raped. We need to support male rape survivors and let them know they are not alone. We also need to provide more services directed towards male survivors of sexual assault.