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The least reported crime
by Rachel Premack
4~ight after his girlfriend raped
him, she apologized.
"She had a boyfriend who told
er that girls shouldn't make noise
while they were having sex," Rackham
student Ben Alterman said, twisting
his pinky over his ring finger as he
discussed his second sexual abuser.
His memory of that day is foggy. He
can't exactly remember how he went
from her living room to her bedroom.
He was 16 years old.
"There was no conversation,"
Alterman said. "There was no, 'Is this
okay?' I felt trapped, I didn't have an
option. I didn't feel safe."
,Now an on-campus activist for male
survivors of sexual assault, Alterman
realized in recent weeks the likelihood
that his high school girlfriend was
abused herself - possibly by that
ex-boyfriend who insisted she stayed
silent during sex. That could explain
why she thought this sort of coercion
during sex was normal.
Alterman thinks consent is excluded
from the cultural conversation.
Grabbing a woman's hips from behind
is the requisite way to ask for a dance
-d movies show guys endlessly
pursuing a girl until she "gives in."
Many balk at the idea that men, who
are supposedly constantly sex-starved
and domineering, can be victims of
sexual assault too.
"As a survivor, I feel regularly
confronted with the question of, 'What
is masculinity and what is masculinity
in my life?' "Alterman said.
One in six
Rape of males is the least reported
crime, according to MaleSurvivor
Vice President Chris Anderson. This
organization was the first in the
country dedicated to helping men and
boys heal from sexual victimization.
Many of the statistics, for this
reason, are not definite. It's estimated
that one in 10 sexual assault survivors
are men. One in six men experience
sexual abuse before the age of 18.
In the case rape, 1 in 33 men are ,
compared to 1 in 6 women.
4j\ost issues that male and female
sexual assault survivors face - such
as guilt, shame or anger - after an
incident are similar, said Rackham
student Jamie Little. Little studies
the intersection between law and
male sex crimes in the Department of
Statistics reflect one difference
between the genders: the age in which
the crime occurs. Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center
Director Holly Rider-Milkovich
explained that male survivors at the
University and at college campuses
nationwide are usually abused before
their college years. The most common
age for sexual assault for men is 8-18,
Rider-Milkovich said, compared to
16-24 for women.
Before being raped as a teenager,
Alterman was repeatedly abused as an
8-year-old by an older neighbor. The
neighbor would force him and another
boy to rub their genitals together in
But for many boys, a close adult
- a. family member, coach, religious
official - is the common perpetrator
the funds - or do not recognize ma
rape or partner abuse as possible -,
give male survivors proper resource
Stigmas shroud the true number
male survivors. However, Anders
said abuse does not discriminate.
"Sexual abuse affects people fro
every gender, age, race, religion ar
socioeconomic class," Anderson sai
"You will find them in all walks
Despite its pervasiveness, ma
rape is not commonly discusse
In fact, many male survivors fa
great difficulty in talking about the
"You feel like sexual abuse
... it's almost like this disease
you have and you tell people.
and you can infect people.lt's
like you're like a leper"
- D. Lyons, LSA sophomore
le masculinity: power. In a traditional
to view, he explained, the most venerated
es, men dominate athletically, are flush
in cash, and attract women. Men are
of valued for their ability to control or
on best others.
"The history that I feel as a man
m that I carry is one of power," Alterman
nd said. "I am taught to be powerful, to be
d. authoritative, to be controlling, to be
Sexual assault takes that power
away. This can make some people
question if they are truly male when
they link power and masculinity so
d. "You are subjugated by someone else
ce and done so in a way that is shameful
ir and creates a lot of self-loathing and
guilt," Alterman said.
Other effects of rape mirror
women's trauma: disruption of eating
or sleeping patterns, anxiety, low self-
esteem, depersonalization and a host
of other symptoms.
Lyons said the abuse, followed
by the death of his parents in his
adolescence, spawned certain
personality traits that seem almost
impossible in the gregarious
Residential College student.
"The big thing is being distrustful
of people, feeling like I've always had
to look out for myself, always being
a distrustful person," Lyons said.
"There've been a lot of times where
I've just been an asshole and it's not
okay. But it's also like at least three
different big fuckin' events in my
life that made me have to forge for
The question of sexual pleasure
can compound emasculation.
Anderson said men are biologically
driven to become erect with genital
stimulation, regardless of mental
state. Shock and terror can sometimes
te even lead to an erection.
ns Male ejaculation is also a physiological
is response that does not signify
he enjoyment or consent, similar to females
he who orgasm during rape. Alterman
of explained that he ejaculated as a 16
year old simply to make the experience
nd end. Still, this visible response can be
e. manipulated by rapists of men.
ke "It becomes a hook that perpetrators
se can use against a survivor to say, 'See,
su you enjoy this. This is something that
's you really wanted. This is natural, this
p, is what happens when people who like
each other touch each other in these
es ways,' "Anderson said.
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band, the song, the children's
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of sexual assault. There's a "grooming"
process where the perpetrator
attempts to build trust with his or her
target. This better allows the abuser
to manipulate the child into not
reporting the abuse. Rider-Milkovich
said this type of abuse is disconcerting
for children who have likely never had
a sexual experience before.
Rider-Milkovich added that SAPAC
has seen, in recent years, a "number
of male students" who have been
abused on the University campus by
men and women. She. emphasized
the importance of resources for all
survivors regardless of gender. Some
cities and communities do not have
A mentally challenged classma
abused LSA sophomore D. Lyo
when he was in first grade. After h
principal punished him for saying tI
word "hump" to describe the abuse, k
told his mother after two months
Lyons never saw the boy again, at
no one ever asked him about the abus
"You feel like sexual abuse, it's li
this thing, it's almost like this disea:
you have and you tell people and yt
can infect people," Lyons said. "It
like you're like a leper. It's messed u
Alterman said sexual assault depriv
men of what typically characteriz
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