Male-identified people who have been sexually assaulted or abused may have many similar feelings and reactions as other survivors of sexual assault, but they may also face additional challenges due to social stigma, stereotypes of men, and skewed definitions of masculinity. According to research, at least 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused in childhood and 1 out of every 4 males will experience some form of sexual trauma in their lives (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, 2015). Cultural myths and stereotypes of men can create challenges and barriers to receiving treatment and support needed in healing. Here are some facts we want everyone to be aware of in supporting male-identified survivors:
The Hope and Healing Gala is this Friday May 17th, and one of our favorite gala traditions is to honor those in our community who are working to move our mission and vision forward. This year we will be honoring Ashley Love with our Pillar of Hope Award and Vikki Kilminster-Bird with our Volunteer of the Year award. Learn more about these two incredible individuals below.