Contrary to popular belief, males can and do experience sexual abuse and assault. According to the 2004 General Social Survey (Victimization), males are involved in approximately 15% of sexual assaults (Statistics Canada, 2004). The Criminal Code of Canada’s definition of sexual assault was amended in 1983 so it would equally apply to both men and women.
Sexual assault happens to males regardless of their age, physical appearance, or sexual orientation, and can leave the survivor feeling confused, mistrustful, angry, guilty, embarrassed and ashamed. Male survivors may experience flashbacks, nightmares, and suicidal ideations.
The majority of men fail to report their victimization due to social stigma, thus skewing the prevalence of these crimes and often leading to the false conclusion that male sexual victimization is rare.
Some common reasons males don’t report their assault are:
“I was scared – people would think I’m a wimp.”
“I thought people might think that I’m gay.”
“I am embarrassed that another guy touched me sexually.”
“The offender threatened to beat me up if I said anything.”
“I did not realize what was happening.”
“I thought he was my friend.”
“I could lose my place on the team if I told the coach.”
“What if girl\’s won\’t like me anymore?”
“No one will believe me.”
“The court will not take my case as seriously as a female victim.”
(The Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime)
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