Why We Need To Talk About Male Sexual Abuse (And What You Can Do To Support Survivors)

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Why We Need To Talk About Male Sexual Abuse (And What You Can Do To Support Survivors)

Words by Ms Helen Bazuaye

4 August 2020

Mr Paapa Essiedu in I May Destroy You (2020). Photograph by courtesy of HBO

“It’s an uncomfortable conversation to have. After I was assaulted, I couldn’t actually say the words. All I could do was hint”
“Rape does happen to men, and it happens to straight men”

Five coping strategies for male rape survivors and their loved ones

01. Know what to expect if you report your assault to the police

02. Manage expectations of justice and separate it from healing

03. There are some things men experience differently from women

04. The healing process is not easy, but it is worth it

05. Keep friends, loved ones and allies close

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