7 Myths About Male Sexual Abuse That We MUST Stop Believing

Myth #1: Boys and men can’t be victims.

This myth, instilled through masculine gender socialization and sometimes referred to as the “macho image,” declares that males, even young boys, are not supposed to be victims, or even vulnerable. We learn very early that males should be able to protect themselves. In truth, though, boys are children—weaker and more vulnerable than their attackers—who cannot really fight back. Why?

The perpetrator has greater size, strength, and knowledge. This power is exercised from a position of authority, using resources such as money, other bribes or outright threats—whatever advantage can be taken to use a child for sexual purposes.


Myth #2: Most sexual abuse of boys is perpetrated by homosexual males.

Pedophiles who molest boys are not expressing a homosexual orientation any more than pedophiles who molest girls are practicing heterosexual behaviors. While many child molesters have gender and/or age preferences, of those who seek out boys, the vast majority are not homosexual; they are pedophiles.

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