Male Survivors of Assault

Eliza Eliza
I'm doing a bit of research for a paper I'm writing for school, and I thought I'd reach out to the Eden community. I'm trying to gauge the number of male versus female versus trans survivors of gender violence (specifically rape and sexual assault). I know voting won't be totally accurate because people might know more than one survivor of a specific gender, but at least it'll give me a foundation.

Voting is private, and thanks in advance for answering. :]
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I am a female and I am a survivor of rape or sexual assault.
4
I know a female survivor of rape or sexual assault.
12
I am a male and I am a survivor of rape or sexual assault.
I know a male survivor of rape or sexual assault.
3
I am trans and I am a survivor of rape or sexual assault.
I know a trans survivor of rape or sexual assault.
1
Total votes: 20 (13 voters)
Poll is closed
01/30/2012
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Eliza Eliza
To clarify, I am most interested in male survivors, but I didn't want to dismiss anyone's experiences if you're not male.
01/30/2012
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
I don't know any males that have been sexually abused, so unfortunately, or rather fortunately, I can't contribute to that aspect. However, most, if not all my female friends have been sexually abused at one point or another in their lives. It's astonishing to see how often it happens in the States, and it's disgraceful that our culture dismisses it so easily.
01/30/2012
Eliza Eliza
Quote:
Originally posted by Ms. Spice
I don't know any males that have been sexually abused, so unfortunately, or rather fortunately, I can't contribute to that aspect. However, most, if not all my female friends have been sexually abused at one point or another in their lives. ... More
I know, it's really awful. At school I work in a peer education group that tries to educate our campus on the prevalence of sexual assault. According to the national statistics, for a population our size (approx 4000 undergraduates), there are likely two to three sexual assaults every weekend, which ends up being 100 to 150 survivors a year just on my campus. It's crazy.
01/30/2012
BobbiJay BobbiJay
I know a man who was raped by another boy when he was younger. It really messed him up. He is now in and out of trouble all the time and refuses to get help. He has been extremely angry ever since it happened.
01/31/2012
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by Eliza
I'm doing a bit of research for a paper I'm writing for school, and I thought I'd reach out to the Eden community. I'm trying to gauge the number of male versus female versus trans survivors of gender violence (specifically rape and ... More
I don't know any males who have been sexually abused, even though I know both transgender and homosexual men.
01/31/2012
Eliza Eliza
Quote:
Originally posted by ViVix
I don't know any males who have been sexually abused, even though I know both transgender and homosexual men.
I'm not sure if I'm just misunderstanding your post, but I feel like it's necessary to clarify that heterosexual men can be survivors of sexual abuse as well.
01/31/2012
Eliza Eliza
Quote:
Originally posted by BobbiJay
I know a man who was raped by another boy when he was younger. It really messed him up. He is now in and out of trouble all the time and refuses to get help. He has been extremely angry ever since it happened.
Sexual assault can be a very traumatic experience for people of any gender, but there is definitely an added stigma for male survivors. In most Western societies, men are stereotyped as the "protectors." In a situation where a man is assaulted, it challenges his ability to protect himself even though any form of sexual assault is never the fault of the victim. In your friend's case, the fact that he was assaulted by another man may also cause others to question his masculinity or his sexuality. This is why male survivors are even less likely to be open to others about their assault than female survivors.
01/31/2012
richsam richsam
i no a few females
02/05/2012
Total posts: 9
Unique posters: 5