survivorspeaks:

According to RAINN, 1 in 33 men has experienced assault or rape in his lifetime. Research by the CDC conducted in 2010 revealed that 1 in 5 men had experienced a form of sexual violence other than rape in his life. This means it’s likely that most of us know a man who’s been abused or attacked. And yet, “Very few men speak publicly about sexual assault, largely from shame or the popular perception that it is a ‘women’s issue,’” intersectional justice activist AbsurdistWords explains to me. He adds:

“There is a common sentiment that ‘victim’ is an insult. It is used to describe a state of perpetual weakness of character and self-perceived subjugation. In essence, this is a way to shame people for being abused. Denigrating people for ‘victimhood’ is about denying people the space and empathy required for recovery.”

When this happens, when we are not given the space to recover from trauma, we often traumatize others; we often traumatize ourselves further. Not giving someone who has been attacked the space to heal is dangerous for us all. AbsurdistWords’ statement speaks to how rape culture, that is, society’s tendency to blame rape victims for their own assaults, affects all genders.

Male Survivors Of Sexual Assault Speak Out – The Establishment

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