While society tends to focus on female survivors, men are also victims of sexual violence. In fact, 1 in 6 men are survivors of sexual abuse before the age of 18¹ and 1 in 33 will experience an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. Sexual violence is devastating to all victims, regardless of gender.
As a man, there are special issues that may be different for you. For example, you may be reluctant to be examined by a medical professional or you may hesitate to report the assault to law enforcement officials for fear of ridicule or fear that they won't believe you. The same feelings apply to telling other people you know and to finding appropriate resources and support. In addition, you may be feeling some doubt about your masculinity or sexuality. Remember, sexual assault is a crime of violence and power, not sex. You have done nothing to justify this attack.
It is important for you to know that you are not alone. There are several forms of help available to you, both on-campus and in the community. This is true even if you experienced the assault when you were very young and only now are realizing that you need help. For on-campus resources, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services or SRVSS (Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services.)
Dr. John Schell, a psychologist at University Psychological Services, is available to help male survivors of sexual violence. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schell, please call (330)672-2487.
The following online resources may also be helpful:
¹Dube, S.R., Anda, R.F., Whitfield, C.L., et al. (2005). Long-term consequences of childhood sexual abuse by gender of victim. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 28, 430-438.