Male sex­ual as­sault: Men feel trau­ma­tised, just like women

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We usu­ally hear trou­bling sto­ries of women who have suf­fered sex­ual as­sault. How­ever, con­trary to pop­u­lar per­cep­tion, this is a burn­ing prob­lem faced by men as well.

The new find­ings, pub­lished in the journal Women & Crim­i­nal Jus­tice, chal­lenge a so­ci­o­log­i­cal the­ory that ex­plains that men are more likely to re­spond to sex­ual as­sault with anger and by en­gag­ing in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity. The study in­volved a sam­ple size of 11,860 adults in the US, 5,922 men and 5,938 women, ob­tained from the Na­tional Vi­o­lence Against Women Sur­vey’s data­base.

The re­searchers found that all vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault had higher de­pres­sion scores than in­di­vid­u­als who have had not ex­pe­ri­enced sex­ual as­sault in their life­time.

Men make up about 38% of sex­ual as­sault and rape in­ci­dents re­ported, and those in the mil­i­tary are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble and more un­likely to re­port an as­sault.

The re­searchers sus­pect that it is pos­si­ble that men may even ex­pe­ri­ence de­pres­sion more than women be­cause they do not have the so­cial out­lets and sup­port sys­tems avail­able to women, and there­fore may wind up in­ter­nal­is­ing their feel­ings and emo­tions.“We must bring at­ten­tion to an is­sue that im­pacts men equally, es­pe­cially if we know that their neg­a­tive emo­tional re­sponses are treat­able,” said Lisa Dario, As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor at Florida At­lantic Univer­sity in the US.

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