According to RAINN, one in six men will experience sexual assault before the age of 18, and one in 33 men will be the victim of attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
Below is a list of common myths and facts about male sexual victimization. This list has been adapted from MaleSurvivor’s Male Sexual Victimization Myths and Facts. Such myths minimize the seriousness of sexual assault and can affect the way victims feel about themselves after they have been assaulted. In order to create a culture that supports male victims, we must know the facts.
Myth: Boys and men can’t be victims of sexual assault or rape. Fact: We know that anyone can be a victim of sexual assault or rape, regardless of their gender. This myth is often believed because of the way we are socialized to understand gender in our society. Men are often raised to be “macho” and masculine at young ages. We are taught that men should be able to protect themselves and to not be vulnerable. No person should be blamed for an act of sexual assault, especially young boys who are weaker, more vulnerable, and unable to protect themselves.
Myth: Men cannot be sexually assaulted by women. Fact: Although research suggests that the majority of perpetrators are male, women can and do sexually assault men.
Myth: If a man experiences sexual arousal or orgasm from a sexual assault, it means he was a willing participant or enjoyed it. Fact: Survivors may feel shame or guilt if they were aroused during a sexual assault. It is important to remember that individuals can respond physically to stimulation, but that does not mean that they enjoyed or wanted the assault to take place.
If You’ve been Assaulted
It is not your fault if you experience sexual assault. Below is a list of steps you may consider taking after an assault. Please remember, the road to healing may be a tough one, but you certainly don’t have to travel it alone. If you have questions or would like to talk to someone about an assault, you may contact the EverSafe Project at the Counseling Center at (530) 226-4667.
If you have been abused or assaulted, you may need medical care. To get medical help, immediately go to the nearest emergency department. If you were sexually assaulted, you should receive information about disease and pregnancy prevention. You can also have evidence collected at an emergency department. Evidence collection should occur as soon as possible.
To preserve evidence:
Do NOT shower, bathe, wash any part of your body, or douche.
Do NOT use the bathroom.
Do NOT change clothes.
Do NOT brush your teeth or gargle.
Do NOT comb your hair.
If you are a student and do not wish to have evidence collection completed, you can seek medical care at the Health Center at the Wellness Center, Suite 208, Owen Center.
SU’s Counseling Center is part of the EverSafe Project. Confidential services are available by calling (530) 226-4106. Survivors of sexual violence often find counseling an important part of their healing. Whether the violence was recent or a long time ago, you can receive help.
You have the right to report sexual assault, domestic/ dating violence, or stalking to the police. To file a criminal complaint, contact Simpson University Campus Safety at (530) 941-7592 or the Redding Police Dept. (RPD) at (530) 225-4200 or call 9-1-1.
If the perpetrator is affiliated with Simpson University, you should also report the violence to the university.
If the perpetrator is an SU student, you should report to the Student Conduct in Student Development or the Title IX office. Student Conduct and/or the Title IX Officer will investigate the alleged violence. Information about this process and possible sanctions are available at the Simpson University website under Title IX or in the student handbook.
You can also report to the university without filing a criminal complaint.
If reporting to the police seems intimidating, you can request that an advocate accompany you by calling “One Safe Place” at (530) 244-0118.
Victims are not required to report sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to the police, the Office of Student Conduct. You can however receive university services regardless of whether or not you report an act of violence. But because the university wants to prevent future sexual violence, you are encouraged to report.