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The Index: Sexual Assault of Men, Mainly in Conflict, by the Numbers

Number of historic armed conflicts around the world in which sexualized violence against men—including rape, sexual torture, mutilation of the genitals, sexual humiliation, sexual enslavement, forced incest and forced rape—has been reported: 25

Conflicts that make up those 25: Burundi, Cambodia, Chechnya, Chile, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Greece, Iran, Kenya, Kuwait, Liberia, Libya, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, South Africa, Former Soviet Union, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Former Yugoslavia, Zimbabwe

Present-day conflict-affected countries in which the law does not provide protection to male victims of sexualized violence: 16

Number of refugee men from the Democratic Republic of Congo screened in Kampala in 2012 who said they had experienced sexualized violence in their lifetime: >1 in 3

Percentage of those men who were married: 73

Their median age: 30

Percentage of those men who had experienced an incident of sexualized violence in the previous 12 months: 13

Percentage of women surveyed in one 2013 study in the Democratic Republic of Congo who reported sexualized violence: 40

Percentage of men surveyed in the same 2013 study in the Democratic Republic of Congo who reported sexualized violence: 24

Approximate number of calls received from male victims by an Israeli hotline called the National Male Hotline in a single year: 1,500

Number of those men who were molested by boys or men: Majority

Percentage of former female combatants vs. non-combatants who were exposed to sexualized violence in Liberia in 2008: 42 vs. 9

Percentage of former male combatants vs. non-combatants who were exposed to sexualized violence in Liberia in 2008: 33 vs. 7

Percentage in both 2010 and 2012 of active U.S. military duty males estimated to have experienced unwanted sexual contact who reported their attack to the Department of Defense: 3

Same percentage comparison for women who reported their attack, in 2010: 26

In 2012: 20

Percentage of estimated male victims of sexual assault while on active U.S. military duty who reported their attacks in 2015: 19

Percentage of women who said they were assaulted in the U.S. military in 2013: 7

Of men: 1

What that percentage translates into when looking at raw numbers of women assaulted: 12,000

And when looking at raw numbers of men: 14,000

Percentage of reported rapes that involve men or boys in the U.S.: 14

Number of reported sexual assaults in the U.S. that are against a boy: 1 in 6

How many perpetrators of sexualized violence against men in the U.S. are white, heterosexual men: Majority

 

For our “Index on Peacekeeper Rape,” please click here.

For our “Index on the Cost of Violence Against Women,” please click here.

For our “Index on Justice for Rape in War,” please click here.

For our “Index on Sexualized Violence at Home,” please click here.

For our “Index on Rape in War,” please click here.



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Lauren Wolfe
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