Dienstag, April 28, 2015

Großbritannien: Zahl vergewaltigter Männer um 20 Prozent gestiegen

Police have witnessed a 20 percent increase over the past year in the number of men bravely coming forward to report their experiences of sexual abuse, according to a new report in The Sun.

(...) Of the handful of men who actually reported the offence, 80% said the police didn't handle their case with the appropriate sensitivity. And there's still a long way to go – male rape charity Survivors UK claim that only around four to five percent of male victims are reporting cases.

It's been argued that with public awareness of sex crimes focusing mainly on women, men can be left feeling particularly isolated and afraid of the stigma attached to sexual abuse. Currently, there are just five male victim support centres in the UK, with almost 30 times as many for women.

Hier findet man den vollständigen Artikel. Eine ähnliche Situation zeigt sich in den USA:

Women can get a lot of recovery help from groups who cater specifically to them, but men facing the same problems are largely ignored.

Lara Stemple, co-author of "The Sexual Victimization of Men in America," said now is the time to provide them with equal help.

"We are in the same place that we were 40 years ago when we were working to eliminate sexual violence against women," Stemple said.

Chris Anderson, executive director of Male Survivor, which provides support to men who have been sexually assaulted, said men have a hard time finding a place where they can tell their story.

"Almost every story I have heard has basically said there were no resources available to me that were easily available. If I were a woman, I knew where I would go," Anderson said.

Die " Minnesota Daily" berichtet über eine verborgene Epidemie vergewaltigter Männer:

The 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey broadened the definition of rape to include being "forced to penetrate," where a male is forced to sexually insert his penis into someone else. According to this definition, 1.267 million men claimed to have been raped, compared to 1.270 million women.

Data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that 46 percent of male victims reported a female perpetrator.

Finally, we should consider that these findings don’t factor in prison rape, where one study found that 89.1 percent of sexual assaults against boys in jail were perpetrated by female guards.

The data doesn’t stop with rape and sexual assault, though. In the United Kingdom, for example, 40 percent of domestic violence cases are perpetuated by female spouses against their male partners, correlating with findings in the United States. This is despite the fact that there are only 60 refuge places for male victims in England and Wales, compared to 7,500 safe havens for women — at least as of 2010.

Not only do male victims lack these resources, but they are discouraged from reporting the crime. A study from the Florida State University Law Review found that men are three times more likely to be arrested if they called the police against their abusive spouse than if a woman called 911.

(...) Now, the contemporary feminist movement holds the most political clout when it comes to sexual assault issues. This is perhaps best reflected in California’s recent passage of "Yes Means Yes" legislation, as well as feminist public awareness campaigns that are present on nearly every college campus.

When asking some fellow feminists about this issue, though, they often claim that it’s too rare to worry about, argue that it’s impossible for a man to be raped or say that it’s mostly guys who rape other men so males are the ones truly at fault.

Die Irish Times berichtet über eine Studie, der zufolge von 40 vergewaltigten Männern 19 versuchten, sich umzubringen. Speziell mit Vergewaltigungen im Gefängnis beschäftigt sich aktuell die New York Times.

In deutschen Medien ist dieses Thema noch immer ein Tabu.

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