Los Angeles High School of the Arts

Male rape culture is our problem

My favorite TV show is “Law & Order: SVU,” and I’ve watched nearly all 18 seasons and come to realize that there are rarely any episodes that feature male victims as the main focus of an episode. Since each episode is based on real-life situations, it only seems realistic that there are more episodes that are about male sexual assault-related episodes.

Male rape is often overlooked by many. To some it is believed to be less important than the rape of women but now in modern-day culture, many people around the world are being more and more aware of this terrible tragedy. According to the National Sex Offender Public website, run by the Department of Justice, approximately 28 percent of men were raped or molested when they were 10 years old or younger and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. Evidently, the amount of males that are physically damaged is beyond our knowledge. Even with statistics we will never fully know how many males become victims of rape.

The amount of men that are physically, mentally, and emotionally damaged because of being sexually assaulted is shocking. The RAIIN, the anti-sexual violence organization, states that approximately 3 percent or 1 in 33 of American men are raped and 1 in 10 rape victims are male. The rate of the amount of known victims out there are so large in number but the amount of unreported rapes are most likely greater than the amount known.

A 2001 report from the WUSP page says that the total amount of male inmates raped in U.S. prisons were 140,000 inmates. In countries like Egypt, Iran and Syria, men are more prone to sexual violence or abuse in prison. The justifications that these abusers use are surreal. Humiliation, breaking down prisoners, power/control, and so on are just several reasons why according to those abusers it’s okay to rape. It is never okay to rape the damages that it causes are problematic.

As a matter of fact, it’s uncommon for rapists who rape men to be homosexual. As reported by altoona.psu.edu, around 98 percent of male rape victims are raped by men who are or consider themselves heterosexual. Since the beginning of time, men were considered to be tough, brave, and not show any emotion that would portray them to be weak or vulnerable. So when a male rape case is brought up, many do not want to shine the light on it when in fact roughly 111,298 American adult men are raped each year.

We should shine the light on the problem this world has. Men hurt just as much as women do and it isn’t fair to them that we just shut their voice out and only pay attention to the women’s stories. Men have a voice and we as people have an obligation to listen to what they have to say.

There are so many stories that are very similar, very different, or very gruesome. Mentioned by victimsofviolence.on.ca, 48 percent of incidents took place in a private residence, most likely in the victim’s residence, and 47 percent of abusers were, not family members, although known to the victims. A person whom a victim trusted so dearly violated them not only sexually, but deep within their inner soul. This is so disheartening because the victims are prone to more psychological damages considering the fact that they knew their assailant.

While there are many causes for rape to happen, circa 15 out of 16 rapists walk free. 61 percent of rapes/sexual assault are not reported to the police. Adding to that, a rapist would get a 69 percent chance they would spend time in jail and even if 39 percent of rapes are reported only a 16.3 percent chance the rapist will end up in prison. Everything that happens after a report is made is very critical therefore I believe that we should shine more light onto this crucial matter. Rape is rape and it is most definitely not okay. Race, age, gender identity, and if a person is imprisoned or not, there are no excuses for the crime.