Sexual assault can happen to anyone, no matter the age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Men/boys have similar feelings/ reactions as other survivors but might also have additional barriers. The YWCA of Greater Flint understands the conception that society has an attitude towards masculinity. Depending on the age of the assault men might respond differently. You're not alone, below is a list of men who have had the same experience.
Avoiding things, places and people because it reminds you of the abuse
Concerns and questions about sexual orientation
Feeling less of a man
Feeling on-edge all hours of the day
Increased sense of isolation
Worrying about disclosing
support male SURVIVORS
When a survivor comes to share their story before going to the resources a few things will help.
Validate their feelings
Be direct expressing you're concerning and care
Use inclusive language that affirms the survivors gender identity and sexual orientation
Do not ask for details of the assault
1in6 is a nonprofit to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives. Their mission is to serve family members, friends, partners, and service providers by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community.
801 South Saginaw Street, Flint, MI 48502 | Phone: (810) 238-7621 | firstname.lastname@example.org
YWCA of Greater Flint is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.