Last week, we wrote about how men struggle with sexual abuse. Guys get abused too, but our culture doesn’t fully acknowledge that. We laugh off the stories we hear of possible abuse, making it difficult for guys to come to terms with something that’s hard enough to deal with as it is.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The folks over at Blisstree have put together a list of the most famous men who’ve been sexually abused. We can’t say it enough, but this really does happen. Maybe, by seeing that it’s happened to some powerful, famous, and successful men, it’ll help others who’ve been abused. And maybe it’ll help us all realize that we probably know more than one guy who’s a victim of sexual assault.
The most famous man on the list—and one of the most famous men, ever—is James Dean. Although he never admitted to being abused, Elizabeth Taylor recounted a story in an interview with the Daily Beast:
I loved Jimmy. I’m going to tell you something, but it’s off the record until I die. OK? When Jimmy was 11 and his mother passed away, he began to be molested by his minister. I think that haunted him the rest of his life. In fact, I know it did. We talked about it a lot. During Giant we’d stay up nights and talk and talk, and that was one of the things he confessed to me.
Then there’s Massachusetts senator Scott Brown, who revealed an incident from his childhood in his memoir, Against All Odds. According to the Boston Globe:
Brown’s most striking disclosure is that he was fondled by a camp counselor when he was 10 years old, during the summer after fourth grade, at a religious camp in Cape Cod. He does not disclose the name of the camp, which he described as Christian. He says he will never forget the perpetrator.
Head over to BlissTree and check out the rest of their list.