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Breaking the silence around male sexual violence

Breaking the silence around male sexual violence
May 8, 2023 STER

Male sexual violence refers to any act of sexual violence committed by a man against another person. Sexual violence includes a wide range of behaviours, including rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual coercion or abuse.

It can have devastating and long-lasting effects on survivors, including physical injury, emotional trauma, and ongoing psychological distress. It is a serious problem that affects people of all genders, ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Research has shown that male sexual violence is often motivated by a desire to exert power and control over others, rather than by sexual attraction or desire. It is also often associated with other forms of violence, such as domestic violence and child abuse.

Preventing and addressing male sexual violence requires a multifaceted approach, including education, prevention, and intervention efforts. This can include educating men and boys about healthy relationships and consent, providing resources and support for survivors, and holding perpetrators accountable for their actions.

Breaking the silence on male sexual violence is an important step towards preventing and addressing this pervasive problem. It is important to understand that male sexual violence is a complex issue that affects people of all genders, ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds, and it can be perpetrated by anyone.

Beyond paying lip service to male sexual violence, we must create safe spaces for survivors to speak out and seek support, while also challenging harmful societal attitudes and beliefs that perpetuate male sexual violence. It also requires education and awareness-raising efforts to help people understand the dynamics of sexual violence and its impact on survivors.

It is also important to encourage men and boys to be allies in the fight against male sexual violence. Men can play a critical role in preventing sexual violence by challenging harmful attitudes and behaviours, promoting healthy and respectful relationships, and supporting survivors.

Ending male sexual violence is a collective effort from all of us, including individuals, communities, organisations, and policymakers. By working together, we can create a safer and more just world for everyone.

If you or someone you know (irrespective of gender and sexuality) is a survivor of sexual assault, please reach out to us here. Our services are 100% free.

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