One of the most under-reported crimes in the U.S. is sexual assault/abuse (SV) of boys and men. Whether because of shame, stigma or self-doubt, most unwanted sexual encounters are not reported – and often, the victims go without support and counseling.Male survivors of sexual assault and abuse | Columns | taosnews.com
While women have a higher risk of sexual assault during their lives, males are also the victim of SV, particularly as boys and adolescents. According to studies, approximately 1 in 6 boys are sexually assaulted before age 18. Taking all males into consideration, 1 in 4 have experienced unwanted sexual events during their lifetimes.
Most perpetrators of SV against males are white, heterosexual men, and married or in long-term relationships with women. While females do sometimes sexually assault males, however a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study found males perpetrated 93.3 percent of rapes against males.