A sexual abuse case reported recently by Kevin Vaughan of the Denver Post tells a horrific story of the sexual abuse of three young children at their home and then at the home of foster parents where they had been placed by the county’s social services department. The sexual abuse involved two young girls and a young boy. A civil lawsuit had been filed and the article chronicles what the young children experienced.
The University of Michigan Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center reports that although the majority of sexual assaults occur mostly on females, male rape victims have many of the same reactions to sexual assault that women do. Reactions such as anger, fear, confusion, shame, self-blame, anxiety, depression, sexual dysfunctions, flashbacks, and suicidal thoughts.
Males also experience additional problems – such as an increased sense of vulnerability and damaged self-image. They may also question their own sexuality.
The National Center for Victims of Crime defines sexual assault and rape as any unwanted sexual act. Rape and sexual assault are crimes of violence intended to exert power and control over another person.
Statistics show that approximately three percent of American men – a total of 2.78 million men – have experienced a rape at some point in their lifetime. And in 2003, one in every ten rape victims was male. Over 70 percent of male rape victims were first raped before their 18th birthday, however, male victims are the least likely to report a sexual assault.
Another fact derived from statistics is that the majority of perpetrators of sexual violence are male – and that heterosexual men commit roughly 97 percent of all sexual violence against males and females. The distressing news, however, is this fact from the Bureau of Justice Statistics – the year in a man’s life when he is most likely to be a victim of sexual assault – the age of 4.
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