Sexual violence can happen to anyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. While women are at greater risk than men of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, there is growing recognition of and research into sexual violence experienced by men. In fact, studies have found that 1 in 10 rape victims are male and that 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual violence.
Male survivors may face challenges in accessing supports in the aftermath of a traumatic incident due to social attitudes and stereotypes about men and masculinity. The resources below aim to shed light on this topic, bringing together recent studies and resources for male survivors. These resources are included throughout the guide but have been consolidated here as well for ease of review.
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As a survivor of sexual assault, Landon came to view his life as one broken into many pieces. He offers a unique perspective on how we can move forward as a society in dealing with not just male survivors but all victims of sexual assault. Landon shares his story and explains the factors that prevented him from seeking help from anyone for months after the assault. Landon has had to learn how to view himself as a man, while rebuilding his own identity and masculinity.
Pastor Seth Shelley takes us on an emotional and at times difficult journey about male sexual violence. He brings forward his own story of sexual assault to ask men to open up about their personal stories too. Seth speaks to an issue common around the world, sexual assault. However, it is men who also need to share their stories of abuse. Far too many men are silent about their own stories of trauma and eventual healing. It is our society's ideas around masculinity which prevent men from opening up and steal their narratives from them. Only through sharing with friends and family do we reclaim our stories for ourselves.
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