Men, as well as women, are victimized by domestic and sexual violence. Sexual abuse and rape create substantial physical and psychological harm to male victims.
Men experience many of the same psychological reactions to violence as women including:
- Guilt, shame, and humiliation
- Anger and anxiety
- Withdrawal from relationships
Men and boys are less likely to report the violence and seek help due to the following challenges: the stigma of being a male victim, the perceived failure to conform to the macho stereotype, the fear of not being believed, and the lack of support from society, family members, and friends.