Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys

Link to "Rape Culture Punishes Boys, too"
Link to “Rape Culture Punishes Boys, too”

Rape culture is not just an attack on women; it is an attack on humanity. While females are the most common victims of rape, assault, and sexism, men and boys are regularly victimized through sexual violence, as well.

Men and boys can be raped. They can be assaulted. They can experience domestic violence.

Violence is never limited by gender, culture, or socioeconomic standing. Anyone can suffer abuse, just as anyone can be an abuser.

Our [very much needed] efforts to empower and protect the 1 in 4 women often result in ignoring the 1 in 6 men.  Rape culture wants to keep them silent, too, and we cannot allow it to succeed.

Mary Elizabeth Williams ends her article with this:

“So just in case anybody needs reminding: Rape is not a character-building rite of passage. Nor is rape something that only happens to girls. To even begin to suggest so, to presume that holding down a human being and sodomizing him is some kind of playful roughhousing, to dismiss it because it’s so widespread, normalizes rape. It teaches boys not just that it’s what they’re expected to do, it’s what they’re expected to put up with. It says that violation is acceptable. It rewards pathological behavior and it stigmatizes victims. It says that the horror here isn’t sexual assault or even getting caught for it, it’s complaining that it happened.”

For more information and resources on sexual violence against men, and to read survivor stories, visit the Bristlecone Project from 1in6.org.

Link to the Guardian: "Male Rape: the last human rights taboo?"
Link to the Guardian: “Male Rape: the last human rights taboo?”
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