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FACT: Men, women and children of all ages, races, religions, and economic classes can be and have been victims of sexual assault.Sexual assault occurs in rural areas, small towns and larger cities. Department of Justice, a rape or attempted rape occurs every 5 minutes in the United States. Sexual assault is a violent attack on an individual, not a spontaneous crime of sexual passion.
Men face many of the same barriers as women that prevent them from reporting abuse, but also face a different kind of stigma since many do not believe that men can be victims of dating/domestic violence.
People reassure themselves by thinking, "Because I am not like her, because I do not do that, this would never happen to me." We need to help people understand that this is not a helpful reaction.
Victim-blaming attitudes marginalize the victim/survivor and make it harder to come forward and report the abuse.
Stating that 'All men are violent' places the blame for the violence elsewhere and prevents the perpetrator from being responsible for his violence.
The majority of men and women want and can be allies to help in the fight against this kind of violence.