Trigger warning for descriptions of rape.
Note: If you are a man who has survived rape, abuse, incest or other sexual violence, please consider receiving support from RAINN. Their National Sexual Assault Online Hotline volunteers are specially trained to deal with male survivors; they also run the 1in6 Online SupportLine, to provide support for male survivors of child sexual abuse, and many other excellent services directed at men.
On the various threads about rape of men, many men have shared their experiences with abuse, sexual coercion, sexual assault or rape. I thought it would be a good idea to have a specific thread where men could share their experiences and receive support from other commenters. Women may feel free to share the experiences of their male partners, friends, family members, etc., with rape.
I have a couple of motivations for this. Partially it’s to raise awareness: a real-life story has as much resonance as a hundred statistics. Partially it’s to help male survivors feel less alone, the same way that support groups for female survivors do– the experience of knowing that other people have gone through the same thing you have is often healing, and even sharing the story in a supportive environment can help the healing process.
This thread is a safe space and will be strictly moderated. Rape apologism or questioning of another commenter’s experiences will be immediately deleted. If you wouldn’t say it to a friend who just told you zie was raped, don’t say it in this thread.