Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault will be offering a support group for male survivors of sexual violence begining in January 2011. This is a challening group to get started as many men are not even aware that crisis centers offer support for them. We want to make men aware that RCASA offers support to male survivors as well.
- Research suggests that most men are victimized as children; 71% of male victims were raped before the age of 18 (Tjaden and Thoennes, 2006).
- It has also been reported that 33% of men have been raped in their lifetime (Tjaden and Thoennes, 2006).
- Male survivors report challenges with dating relationships and are less willing to get married (Larson, Holman and Feinauer, 2007).
- Male survivors report higher levels of suicidal thoughts comapared to female survivors (Struckman-Johnson and Struckman-Johnson, 2006)
These statistics are essential to keep in mind especially in why it is important to offer sexual violence services for both genders.