We as a nation really don’t think of the male gender as victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking victims. We say things like he’s a boy are a man they can defend themselves if they are attacked. Well let’s take a look at some statistics, because just like many americans I didn’t really believe it myself.
At least 1 in 6 men have been sexually abused or assaulted.
Researchers have found that at least 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual abuse or assault, whether in childhood or as adults. And this is probably a low estimate, since it doesn’t include noncontact experiences, which can also have lasting negative effects. If you’ve had such an experience, or think you might have, you are not alone.
- Researchers use “sexual abuse” to describe experiences in which children are subjected to unwanted sexual contact involving force, threats, or a large age difference between the child and the other person (which involves a big power differential and exploitation). See former advisory board member Dr. Jim Hopper’s Sexual Abuse of Males for a detailed discussion of definitions and research methods, including how some result in lower estimates than 1 in 6 (e.g., large national surveys using telephone interviews with few questions).
- Having such an experience does not mean a boy will definitely suffer significant long-term negative consequences. That depends on several factors, including how many times it happened, how long it went on, who else was involved, whether the boy told anyone and, if so, the response he received.
What the research tells us:*
- A 2005 study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, on San Diego Kaiser Permanente HMO members, reported that 16% of males were sexually abused by the age of 18.1
- A 2003 national study of U.S. adults reported that 14.2% of men were sexually abused before the age of 18.2
- A 1998 study reviewing research on male childhood sexual abuse concluded that the problems is “common, under-reported, under-recognized, and under-treated.”3
- A 1996 study of male university students in the Boston area reported that 18% of men were sexually abused before the age of 16.4
- A 1990 national study of U.S. adults reported that 16% of men were sexually abused before the age of 18.5 Reference* 1in6.org
Because of lack of knowledge me and several million people have never took the time to believe that the male gender is just as susceptible to sexual violence as the female population. I truly apologize for my lack of knowledge.
If your a male victim of sexual assault remember your not alone.
We are a small advocacy group with a big heart, if we are unable to help you we will try our hardest to refer you to someone who can.