Sexual Assault And Violence Faced By Men
What is sexual assault/abuse?
Sexual assault or abuse occurs when a person, whether a girl, a boy, a woman, or
a man, is forced, pressured, or misled into performing sexual acts that they do
not want to do. It basically encompasses a wide variety of unwanted sexual
conduct that might occur with strangers or known people. It is important for
people to understand that it is never the survivors' responsibility. Everyone
should understand that forcing someone to do anything is unethical, and everyone
should speak out against it.
What are the myths surrounding this?
Men and women are thought to have various physiological differences, and men in
our society are thought to be superior in this regard. People should be aware
that sexual assault can occur in either a man or a woman, and the perpetrator
can be of any gender or sexual orientation. Because April is Sexual Assault
Awareness Month, offenders, particularly adults who sexually abuse boys, may
utilise physiological responses to maintain anonymity by saying things like "You
know you loved it." It's also important to remember that having an erection
doesn't imply you're inviting unwanted sexual behaviour, and ejaculation doesn't
mean you're okay with assaulting someone.
What is the common reaction?
A male is trained not to cry from the beginning of his existence since he is
supposed to be a strong individual. However, the question of why this is so
arises. If they aren't human, why are they supposed to constantly be the strong
one, regardless of the situation? If they weep or become vulnerable over
something, they are told, "Why are you sobbing, men don't cry, we boys are
strong," or "Are you a girl, why are you crying, girls cry, we boys are tough."
When they are assaulted or sexually abused, these things make them weaker. They
begin to feel ashamed and begin to doubt their manhood. They don't share even if
they want to because they are afraid that if they come up and share things, they
will be mocked or judged. If they go to their parents, they will not believe
them because of the idea that men are powerful and do not require protection,
while girls are weak and susceptible.
It's probably time for us to realise that even guys in our culture should have
the freedom to express themselves. Men's sexual assault is a well-known but
poorly understood problem. While our society is well aware of female victims,
male victims of sexual assault are frequently forgotten or neglected due to
shame and stigma. It may come as a surprise to learn that one in every six males
is sexually molested before reaching the age of eighteen.
How Do Men React When They Are Put Into This Situation?
Men who have been sexually abused or assaulted may exhibit a wide range of
psychological symptoms that can be diagnosed by a psychiatrist. Males who go
through such awful things, for example, have buckets of boiling rage. This is
something that they never lose, but it comes out especially when they feel
threatened or betrayed.
They begin to doubt themselves and their masculinity. They lose faith in others
and begin acting strangely, with some resorting to drugs and alcohol. They try
to cut themselves off from all of their relationships; they also treat their
parents badly and begin to despise them because they begin to believe that no
one cares about them or understands them. They want to communicate yet are
unable to do so.
It's at this point that they want someone to take their hand and say, "It's
okay, whatever happens, I'll be there for you." They form this relationship when
they are attracted to the other gender and share everything, but when they
experience heartbreak or are rejected, they feel destroyed and have suicide
Male victims and female abusers are rarely recognised in sexual harassment laws.
Men, who are expected to take things in stride, rarely come forward to report
being harassed. Men are increasingly being sexually harassed, ranging from being
the victim of sexually suggestive comments to being stalked. However, because
Indian men are supposed to be'mards, they are expected to accept everything in
good humour and not feel uncomfortable or complain.
There are numerous sections that address harassment of women, rape of women,
modesty, and sanctions for all of these things, but what about the males in our
society when we shout for their rights and demand that these laws be made
gender-neutral? People in our country frequently discuss women's safety and
protection, but they should be aware that safety is required for everyone, not
Parents should also teach their sons about good and bad touch, as both girls and
boys need to know what is appropriate and how to protect themselves. The Indian
Penal Code (IPC) has sections 354, 509, and 376 that deal with sexual assault,
eve-teasing, and rape, but they are all for women.
While this is a good thing in and of itself, it is unfortunate that the sole
section of the IPC that deals with sexual assault on a man is 377, the notorious
clause that makes sodomy a crime and is frequently misused to reinforce misogyny
and alienate the LGBT community. It also doesn't distinguish between consenting
and non-consenting sexual actions between two adult males.
Is this how we envision our children and grandchildren growing up?
We need gender-neutral rules in our culture because we live in a country where
people yell for equality but don't actually practise it. As a result, it's past
time to act in such a way that we may all claim to be equal. Men should be
understood and given equal rights as women, as well as gender-neutral
regulations to enable them to protect their rights and interests. This is how we
will develop and how we will provide a brighter future for future generations to
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