Male Sexual Assault victims are proudly speaking up about the tragedy that had befallen on them on the new ‘Project Unbreakable’ on Tumblr!
Whenever it comes to sexual assault and their survivors, people always seem to think about the female victims. Male sexual assault, depression and other problems are not looked upon with a lot of attention and aren’t really seen as an ‘issue’.
But in reality, according to RAINN, 1 out of every 10 US rape victims are male and 1 in 33 men in the United States have experienced rape in their lifetime.
Tumblr has looked to change this view and is actually doing something about it.
‘Project Unbreakable‘ is a project based on photography. It aims to bring out the victims of sexual assault, child abuse and other forms of domestic abuse in order to give them a voice.
Their voices will be heard in major projects and news outlets such as TIME magazine, Glamour, The Guardian, and Buzzfeed.
In order to participate the victims have to send in an email with their picture and a flashcard with a message to [email protected].
The project brings out people holding on to flashcards and chart papers with messages of peace, hope, and motivation.
People also held out things and quotes said by their attackers, as one of them reads, “Ssshhh you’ll learn to like it.”
Another one reads, “You could at least ACT like you’re enjoying it.”
Amidst all of these women speaking out, the website started getting messages from male survivors of sexual assault.
Male survivors of domestic abuse held messages like; “You’re GAY, you’re supposed to WANT this.”
Another survivor claimed that his teacher and a family friend had forced to ‘teach’ him how to masturbate.
Males are less likely to report such incidents to parents and the authorities because of the concept that men are supposed to have masculinity and are supposed to take care and be proud of their manhood.
According to Silent Suffering: Supporting The Male Survivors Of Sexual Assault, only about 4 percent of all male rape victims are likely to report the assault they face to the police.
Michael May, the chief executive of Survivors UK, said to Huffingpost, “Society is generally afraid to see men as victims. From infancy, males are told that they should strive to be resilient, self-sufficient, protectors, dominant in sexual interactions and able to defend themselves.”
Also, Survivors UK claims that out of 679,051 sexual assaults and rapes of males between 2010 and 2014, only about 26,483 of these cases were reported.
Let’s hope that such incidents are dealt with and the bravery and honesty of all these rape and assault victims are given their due reward!