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Male Assault Survivors Share Their Harrowing Stories That Shed New Light on the Subject

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According to the RAINN anti-assault organization, an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds. Each year, this comes to an average of 321,500 victims, ages 12 and over. While victims are disproportionately female, males are victims, too. Sadly, social stigmas make it just as hard for survivors to share their story and seek the help they need afterwards.

All assault is difficult to speak of, especially in a society that already shuns talking about healthy sexual relationships. Add some toxic hyper-masculinity to the equation, and you have a seriously problematic combination.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center states that about 1 in 71 men will be sexually violated at some point in their life, but other estimates say that only 1 in 10 of these cases will even get reported. Whether the offender is male or female, these horrible incidents are underreported and understudied, largely due to the shame felt on behalf of survivors or society’s denial to take the cases seriously.

Many survivors have found strength and solidarity in sharing their difficult and often harrowing stories with each other, shedding important light on the subject for us all to understand and learn to look out for signs and stop more people from getting hurt.

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Important insight into a rarely-talked about form of assault