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Sexual Violence | Men and Boys

The issue of sexual violence is not exclusive to women and girls.  Research states that 1 in 6 men experience sexual violence before the age of 18.  Because of culturally supported stereotypes about masculinity and homophobia, men and boys who are sexually assaulted experience additional barriers to accessing services and healing.

Many male survivors of sexual assault receive harmful messages, whether explicit or implicit, that create shame and confusion about what has happened to them.  For example, men in our society have been stereotyped as aggressive, “tough guys,” so after an assault they are shamed for not defending themselves.  For some, the word “rape” seems to imply the violent sexual assault of a female.  Therefore, men who are raped struggle to find the words to describe what has happened to them. Unfortunately, this leads to so many men carrying the pain of this abuse alone. 

If something happened to you, please know that you are not alone and it was not your fault.  Or, if you’re concerned for a loved one, we can help.  Our advocates can help you with free, confidential support.  Call 1.800.770.1650 or text iowahelp to 20121.