Facts about Men and Rape
* Men get raped by other men
* Rapists who rape men are heterosexual in 98% of the cases
* Both homosexual and heterosexual men get raped
* In all parts of society (not just in prisons)
* Men are less likely to report rape
We have grown up for the most part believing that only women are the victims of the sexual crime of rape. Basically any
form of sexual abuse. Most of us are taught that grown men do not get raped and young boys are the only "Maybe"
in our society. If this is you let me be the one to tell you how wrong you've been taught. If you've journeyed this far knowing
as a Survivor of sexual abuse let me first off say "Thanks!" I say Thanks because it takes courage to find help
anywhere you can these days and in this society information about male sexual abuse is oftentimes very rare. Most men do not
know where to go, who to turn for to get help. Let's be realistic here. How often do you see a shelter for battered men? Or
a rape crisis center that devoted a wing to the Male issues? We have plenty of places for women to turn to, but isn't that
obvious? We have been taught to fear only men. What about women? Are women unable to be feared? Are Fathers unable to take
advantage of boys in their sleep? The truth resides in the heart of any male Survivor touched by this sexual crime. If you
came here thinking only women could be raped you are only furthering the isolation of men and we hope we can shed some light
on the issue for you to better comprehend.
Men go through almost identical issues as women do. With subtle changes due to their manhood as women have towards their
* Feelings Of Guilt
* concern regarding their safety
The issues which differ for the Males are:
* concerns about sexuality and/or masculinity
* medical procedures
* reporting to law enforcement
* telling others
* finding resources and support
Some Difficulties Facing Society:
Unfortunately Law enforcement officials have a hard time "Believing" or even proving for that matter cases where
men have been sexually assaulted. It is even harder for homosexual males in their teens. And the hardest is on the children.
Not many male children (1 out of 7) make it out of the tragedy of sexual abuse.
Not many Doctors or Nurses know how to deal with the situation of male rape. Where do we go from here? Do we fade away?
This is not possible. Reason being, if we can help one we can help many. Sometimes Men are stereotyped and treated unfairly
by many people who they ask for help due to masculinity issues. Which can leave the scar a little more painful than it was
from the beginning. This closes of the male's sense to become close t anyone who he thought could help in the beginning thus
we go into denial and denial causes depression in stages forming anxiety and long term effects, even mental illness issues.
We oftentimes call this pent up anger. Sooner or later that anger will snap like a rod in a block of ice. All it takes is
"Only Gay Men Are Raped!"
There is only one response to this one I've heard about 10 times in my life. I'll tell you a little secret. 75% of the
men I have talked to in my experience of doing this web site were indeed NOT homosexual men. The other 25% were hesitant on
telling me they were homosexual in the first place. So here is another plain Myth about male rape I'd like you to pay attention
to. Numbers do not lie. yes homosexual males are raped, that is not disclosing the truth but not ONLY homosexual males are
raped. In fact it is more common for Heterosexual males to be the victims of rape than it is for Homosexual males to become
the victims of rape statistically. Especially if you factor in Child Abuse which is the most common and sadly un-told form
of Sexual Abuse among Males.
What Can I Do Now?
* Realize and recognize that both men, boys and homosexual males can be raped and will.
* Be aware of the myths surrounding male sexual abuse.
* Recognize that the harmful sex-role stereotypes which create narrow definitions of masculinity, as well as lies about
homosexuality, make it difficult for male survivors to disclose about being raped.
* As individuals and as a community we must work to combat and challenge these attitudes.
* It is important that male rape survivors have support around them and that they be able to make their own decisions
about what course of action to take.
If a male says "No" be respectful to that individual for the body is not your tool for pleasure or control,
it is a sanctuary for the person who holds it dear to them.
Recognize the body movements of the other person. You should be able to tell if someone is uncomfortable simply by their
actions even if they do not say a word out of fear that you will find them Un-Masculine and shy.
Communicate clearly about how you both feel and about what you want.
Confront men or women who are harassing the opposite sex on the streets, at parties, in the media, make your voice known,
let yourself be heard.