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Category: Feminism, Politics, Health, Violence against Women

NY Times Tackles Difficult Subject of Male Rape Victims

| January 24, 2012

In a NY Times article yesterday, Men Struggle for Rape Awareness, writer Roni Caryn Rabin addresses the difficult subject of male victims of rape. While women are the victims of sexual violence in disproportionate numbers, Rabin points out that male survivors suffer similar consequences: they “feel violated and ashamed and may become severely depressed or suicidal.” 

Roni Caryn Rabin also points out that male rape victims often do not seek medical help or counseling due to internalized notions about masculinity: “For many men, the subject is so discomfiting that it is rarely discussed — virtually taboo, experts say, because of societal notions about masculinity and the idea that men are invulnerable and can take care of themselves.”

The Women’s Media Center commends Roni Caryn Rabin and the New York Times for writing an important article on the forgotten victims of sexual violence and for raising awareness of rape as a tool of power and aggression against all people.