The Other #MeToo: Male Sexual Abuse Survivors
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. And while our society is well aware of female victims, often male victims of sexual assault are forgotten or neglected due to shame, stigma, and the like. Indeed, some may find it surprising that at least 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused before their 18th birthday.1 This number rises to 1 in 4 men who experience unwanted sexual events across their lifetime.2 To wrap your head around those numbers, picture a large college football stadium filled with 100,000 seats. If the audience was solely male, that would mean that at least 25,000 men have been or will be sexually assaulted. That number is staggering.
Cook, J. A.,
Ellis, A. E.
(2020). The Other #MeToo: Male Sexual Abuse Survivors. Psychiatric Times, 37(4).
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/cps_facarticles/1923