Very few men come forward after an assault. Many are ashamed to seek help because of the belief it could never happen to them or to any other man. Current research indicates, however, that 1 in 6 men have experienced child sexual abuse and 1 in 20 men will experience sexual assault. Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs can prevent a person from being able to consent to sexual acts with another person. It is a crime to have sex with a person who cannot consent due to being intoxicated or drugged. Remember that drinking and taking drugs does not influence good decision making.
Why do men sexually assault women?
Common myths about sexual assault
There are many myths and untruths about sexual assault and sexual abuse. These are often disguised as facts or are community held beliefs. These myths can make it hard for people to recover because they tend to blame the victim and defend the perpetrator. All of these myths attempt to excuse the behaviour of the perpetrator and imply they are not responsible for their actions.
The psychology of a rapist
For most of us, sexual desire is exciting and affirming when reciprocated. Why, then, do some men want to have sex with people who do not desire them? W hen I asked Mr Jackson not his real name to explain how he had become a sexual offender , he began by recounting the various ways he was beaten and tortured by his mother as a child. As he revealed the stark details of her cruelty, his eyes welled up.
Take a moment and picture an image of a rapist. Without a doubt, you are thinking about a man. Given our pervasive cultural understanding that perpetrators of sexual violence are nearly always men, this makes sense. But this assumption belies the reality, revealed in our study of large-scale federal agency surveys, that women are also often perpetrators of sexual victimization.