Male Sexual Abuse
A common myth is that men do not experience sexual assault. Men, who are sexually abused, whether in childhood or adulthood, may feel alone in their experience. Male survivors are less likely to disclose their abuse experience to others, and often suffer in silence.
Here are some other questions that people often have about sexual abuse perpetrated against men:
- How often are men sexually assaulted?
- If there are so many male survivors, why don't I know any?
- Can a woman sexually assault a man?
- Men only get raped in prison, right?
- How does rape affect men differently from women?
- Do men who are sexually assaulted become rapists?
- If a man is raped by another man, does it mean he's gay?
- What if I became sexually aroused or had an orgasm when I was being abused, does this mean I liked it?
- I was abused by an older woman. When I mention it to people, they say I'm "lucky" but I still don't feel good about it. What's the deal?
- How should I respond if a man tells me he has been assaulted?
- Where can male survivors go for help?
Source: Male Survivors Information Sheet, Men Can Stop Rape
Source: 5th International Conference on Incest and Related Problems, Biel, Switzerland, 8.14.1991