It is who I am. Finding support If something happened to you, know that you are not alone. There are many situations where a boy, after being gradually manipulated with attention, affection and gifts, feels like he wants such attention and sexual experiences. Like all perpetrators, they might use physical force or psychological and emotional coercion tactics. Listen to him and believe him. What ideas in our society prevent male survivors from speaking out about sexual assault? These reports are also thought to be underestimates due to the barriers male survivors face in the reporting process:
It is important to understand that males can respond to sexual stimulation with an erection or even an orgasm — even in sexual situations that are traumatic or painful.
It’s not normal for men to commit sexual violence. It is normal for women to experience it.
Physiological responses like an erection are involuntary, meaning you have no control over them. It is who I am. You are not alone! This can be especially true if you experienced an erection or ejaculation during the assault. Chat Now Chat anonymously within a group, facilitated by a counselor. They can, however, be manipulated into experiences they do not like, or even understand, at the time. A physical reaction of an erection or ejaculation during a sexual assault in no way indicates that the man enjoyed the experience or that he did something to cause it or permit it.