Can men and boys be sexually assaulted?

Yes. Men and boys can be sexually assaulted. In the United States, 1 in 33 men report to be survivors of a sexual assault. All forms of rape are greatly under reported in the United States and this holds true for male rape where underreporting is quite high. This is due to fear, trauma, or a public taboo on male rape. Both men and women can be assailants against men in male rape. Most sexual assaults to men are perpetrated by other males; however male rape has nothing to do with the sexuality of the offender or the victim. Just like rape of women, male sexual assault is motivated by the perpetrator’s need to control, humiliate, and harm.

For more information on male rape, click here to view a STSM post on male rape.

If you or someone you know is a survivor of male rape, contact STSM at (803) 790-8208 or our 24 hour crisis hotline at (803) 771-7273.