Faculty Articles

Title

The Other #MeToo: Male Sexual Abuse Survivors

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-8-2020

Publication Title

Psychiatric Times

ISSN or ISBN

0893-2905

Volume

37

Issue/Number

4

Abstract/Excerpt

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.

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