It Doesn’t Always Have to be About Men

I’m really getting quite tired of hearing things like “men get raped too” or “I got beat up on the playground as a little boy” or “men aren’t all like that”…

Seriously guys… it doesn’t always have to be about you.

Yes. All this stuff happens to men too.

Yes… it does.

But here are some statistics for you…

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.

1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in their lifetime.

Almost half of female (46.7%) and male (44.9%) victims of rape in the United States were raped by an acquaintance. Of these, 45.4% of female rape victims and 29% of male rape victims were raped by an intimate partner.

19.3 million women and 5.1 million men in the United States have been stalked in their lifetime.1 60.8% of female stalking victims and 43.5% men reported being stalked by a current or former intimate partner.

*All of these statistics are from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

So, you can see that, although this stuff happens to men also, it happens A LOT more to women.

AND… when men report crimes against them, they don’t get the following line of questions…

“What did you do to provoke him?”

“What were you wearing?”

“Were you drinking or doing drugs?”

“Have you had sex with him or anyone before?”

“Did you lead him on?”

The fact is, that men are believed when they report a crime… women, not so much. So… go on… tell me again why human beings with penises have the worst time.



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