Who Can Be a Victim?
Sexual violence does not discriminate.
While understanding that many men are neither victim nor perpetrator of sexual violence is important, the Sexual Assault Crisis Team works to underscore the crucial need to correct the societal misunderstanding that males aren’t victims and can’t be victims of sexual violence.
Men are, overall, less like to report abuse than women are. 3% of college men have reported surviving rape or attempted rape as a child or adolescent.
Military Victims of Sexual Abuse
The Sexual Assault Crisis Team works closely with victims of sexual violence in the military. Of a group of male and female soldiers returning from Afghanistan that were seen for VA healthcare service, 1% told their healthcare provider that they experienced sexual trauma while in the military. As part of our effort to promote non-discrimination in providing support for victims of sexual violence, we offer resources to military victims. If you, a family member, or a friend has questions regarding sexual violence or military services, feel free to contact our 24/7 hotline. All information you disclose on the hotline, as well as your personal information (such as your phone number) that you give, is completely confidential and will never be shared with anyone without your permission.
In the United States, anti-LGBTQ hate crimes are on the rise (source). Sexual violence reflects diversity in gender identities and sexual orientations and includes heterosexual, homosexual, and other configurations of perpetrator and victim. Because of the widespread belief that rape is defined as vaginal penetration by a penis, non-heterosexual rape is often left unacknowledged or not taken seriously. However, an estimated 1 out of 3 gay males or females have been sexually assaulted by a member of the same sex. The Sexual Assault Crisis Team does not discriminate based on sexual orientation – we believe in equality.
Child Sexual Violence
Child sexual violence can occur through the use of various techniques. These can include trickery, bribery (particularly in situations regarding differences in age, size, or knowledge), and force. Most commonly, child sexual violence involves incest. Child sexual violence is any type of sexual conduct with a child, and can include:
- Oral and/or anal sex
- Exposure to or involvement in production of pornography
Child sexual violence is difficult to spot, but there are usually physical or emotional signs. Children’s reactions to sexual violence can include:
- Inappropriate sexual knowledge at an unusually young age
- Bed wetting
- Changes in appetite and/or weight
- Changes in school performance
- Emotional withdrawal