There are many common myths surrounding the issue of sexual assault. Today I will be writing on 10 myths surrounding the experiences of male survivors of sexual assault...
Sexual assault and domestic violence perpetrated against men are prevalent issues which have been largely overlooked. Historically some governmental organizations excluded males from national counts of sexual assault and domestic violence, defining these acts as crimes which occur towards women alone. While significant progress has been achieved in this area, still today many studies define sexual assault and domestic violence in ways which exclude certain male experiences. This is despite recent research which has shown men are in some cases subjected to sexual assault and domestic violence at levels near to those experienced by women.
Despite these recent counts of assaults of men, there is still a prevalent bias which assumes men are always perpetrators and rarely victims of these issues. The false assumption that men can always be in control and can't be victimized feeds into this bias. Unfortunately this has understandably led some male survivors to feel high levels of stigma. Those male survivors who believe the myth that men cannot be abused might even blame their selves; thinking if men can't be assaulted they must have allowed the assault(s) to happen. The reality is it is unfortunately common for men to experience domestic and/or sexual violence. Thankfully, counseling has been shown in multiple studies to help people recover from such painful experiences.
I understand the experiences of male survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Male survivors who work with me find a non-judgmental environment in which they can recover from trauma at their own pace and have their individual experiences heard. It can take great strength and courage to reach out for help. But with effort often comes payoff. Male survivors who pursue counseling often experience improved relationships, more peace, and an overall happier outlook on life. Contact me to set up your free phone consultation: (314) 349-0581
- Bill McCadden, LCSW