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Male Rape

In 2002, one in every eight rape victims were male. (RAINN, 2003)
Yes, men can be victimized.

No, it does not mean you are weak.

Rape is NEVER the victim's fault.

       Being victimized does not mean there's anything wrong with you and it does not mean you have to suffer
alone. Men have many of the same issues as women after they are raped but even less support. It's ok to want
 to talk about what happened.  You don't have to keep things bottled up inside. You have done nothing to be ashamed of.

         Rape is a crime about power and control.
The sexual preference of the victim (and sometimes the predator) often
doesn't matter. Male rape survivors include heterosexuals, homosexuals, teenagers and children.
Some men are drugged with chemicals known as date rape drugs. Others are not.

Prompt medical care is as important for men
as it is for women. If you have been victimized please do not change your clothes, shower or otherwise clean up. If you do,
valuable evidence may be lost. If you are reading this too late you still need to consider having a medical exam done as
soon as possible to rule out injuries or disease.

Many men report difficulty sleeping, problems with nightmares, flashbacks, anger, fear and concentration after being victimized.
 If you have some of  these  problems it does not mean you are going crazy. You are reacting to what was a crazy situation. It take some time
 for you to feel like yourself again. It's a good idea to read about P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). PTSD is so common after rape
 that it is  sometimes described as  "a normal reaction to an abnormal event".  Men and women can develop this reaction. Therapy and/or
 anti-anxiety  medications can help.

More information on PTSD can be found here: http://www.hopeforhealing.org/ptsd 

Support can be vital to heal. Sadly, men often find it hard to talk about and often do not get the support deserved.
 If this is the case, try calling a rape crisis center. They can offer counseling and support. Online support can be found at the
 following urls. Don't be afraid to reach out to other survivors. You deserve the support you need to heal. 

       The listing  is incomplete as there are more sites being built on the web each day. To suggest a site email us at:
hopeinfo@hopeforhealing.org or add your site to the add-a-link section from the front page. 

        For more support, an unmoderated list serve to serve the needs of male survivors is offered here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mensurvivors

Men are also welcome in the following club and forums:

Rape Recovery 2 A Yahoo Group                                               Rape Recovery Forum on Delphi

Please read this first.
Guidelines for all Hope For Healing.Org forums are here:
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Shout - Out.Org Male Rape Stats


Men Survivor Issues
Las Angeles Commission on Assaults Against women


Doubting Thomas
M Power
Supporting Male Survivors of Abuse

Abused Boys,
Gender Socialization and Violence
Men Can Stop Rape

The National Organization
on Male Sexual Victimization

Mankind UK
MenWeb

Menstuff

Husband Battering
A Little Boy

Men and Physical Abuse
by Spouses or Girlfriends

Why Women Abuse
Interactive Theatre
Male Rape Stats 
from South Africa
Go Ask Alice: 
Is Male Rape Possible?

When The Survivor Is Male
Male rape Victims
National Center for Victims of Crime


For Men Only
For Male Survivors Of Sexual Assault
from the
University of Texas


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This page is not meant to be a substitute for any kind of professional help. It is merely put together by a survivor who has found much of this information helpful to her healing and offered as a possible help to others. If you feel you need a professional to speak with please contact your local rape crisis center or health care professional.  The webmaster nor Hope For Healing.Org claim no responsibility for the use of this page, use of content,content of any links leading from this page.This page is offered for support of other survivors, information and education only.