Men can be survivors of violence, as adults or as children. They may also be friends, relatives, and partners of survivors. Researchers have found that 1 in 6 men have experienced abusive sexual experiences before age 18 (https://1in6.org/). If you’ve had such an experience, or think you might have, Sexual Violence Response is here to help.
Male-identified survivors who have been sexually assaulted may experience the same reactions as other survivors and may face additional challenges that are specific to their experience:
Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
Stress related depression
Anger, anxiety, or denial
Embarrassment, feeling exposed, humiliated, or fearful
Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
Mood swings or emotional numbness
Shame, guilt, or self-blame
Difficulty with intimacy
Hypersensitivity when relating to others
Loss of trust in self and others or withdrawal from people, relationships, activities
Sexual Violence Response advocates are available 24/7 year-round to support male-identified survivors of violence. For information about on- and off-campus services, call us at 212-854-HELP (4357).