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Male rape public service announcement


Male rape victims - an overview

Society is becoming increasingly aware of male rape. However, experts believe that current male rape statistics vastly under-represent the actual number of males age 12 and over who are raped each year. Rape crisis counselors estimate that while only one in 50 raped women report the crime to the police, the rates of under-reporting among men are even higher (Brochman, 1991).


Men and Sexual Trauma from NCPTSD

"At least 10% of men in our country have suffered from trauma as a result of sexual assault. Like women, men who experience sexual assault may suffer from depression, PTSD, and other emotional problems as a result. However, because men and women have different life experiences due to their different gender roles, emotional symptoms following trauma can look different in men than they do in women."

"Emotional Disorders

Men and boys who have been sexually assaulted are more likely to suffer from PTSD, other anxiety disorders, and depression than those who have never been abused sexually.

Substance Abuse- Men who have been sexually assaulted have a high incidence of alcohol and drug use. For example, the probability for alcohol problems in adulthood is about 80% for men who have experienced sexual abuse, as compared to 11% for men who have never been sexually abused.

One study revealed that a percentage of boys who suffer from encopresis (bowel incontinence) had been sexually abused.
Risk Taking Behavior

Exposure to sexual trauma can lead to risk-taking behavior during adolescence, such as running away and other delinquent behaviors. Having been sexually assaulted also makes boys more likely to engage in behaviors that put them at risk for contracting HIV (such as having sex without using condoms)."


Male Survivor

Overcoming sexual victimization of boys and men. This site has a message board/support group.


Male survivor issues and resources

This page contains links to general survivor links, bibliographies on the web and feminist men's groups.

Male Survivors of Sexual Assault

Let's take a look at some mistaken beliefs about male sexual assault and uncover the realities behind the myths...


Sexual abuse of males

Resources on the sexual abuse of boys and the lasting effects of childhood sexual abuse in the lives of men.


Same Sex Sexual Assault



Support groups


Male Survivor Hope for Healing Faith Based Message Board


Male Survivor

Overcoming sexual victimization of boys and men. This site has a message board/support group.


Pandora's Aquarium

Pandora's Aquarium. You can view the discussion forums (but only read wonderful threads) from the above link. This group has a forum which is password protected for male survivors. Only male members may read that forum.

Retreats there are several for men.


Personal sites

Adam's Dimension


A Boy's Story


Video of a male speaking out against rape



Directory of male survivor support sites



La Valle, John J. (1996). Everything you need to know when you are the male survivor of rape or sexual assault / John J. La Valle. 1st ed. New York : Rosen Pub. Group. HV6558 .L3 1996


A list which includes male survivor books

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Related links: Victim blame


Macdonalds, J. (2004). World Book Encyclopedia. United States of America: World Book Inc.

rape. (2006). Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved May 2, 2006, from Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service.

Smith, M. D. (2004). Encyclopedia of Rape. USA: Greenwood Press.

Sedney, M., "rape (crime)." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Scholastic Library Publishing, 2006 <> (February 1, 2006).



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