It Does Happen To Men: What To Do If You're The Victim Of A Sexual Assault

If you're male, and you've been the victim of a sex crime, you should know that you're not alone. Studies show that about 1 in 71 men will be raped in their lifetime. Not only that but about 1 in 6 men will experience some type of sexual violence during their lifetime. However, since most men won't report when they're the victim of a sex crime, those numbers may actually be higher. If you've been the victim of a sex crime, you need to get help. Don't let embarrassment prevent you from seeking help. You are not to blame for the attack against you. Here are four steps you should take to make sure you get the help you need.

Know What Sexual Assault Is

When it comes to sex crimes, many people don't realize what actually constitutes a sexual assault. If you think that sexual assault only applies to rape, that's not correct information. Sexual assault involves any type of unwanted sexual touching, including rape. If someone has touched you in a sexual manner that you didn't consent to, or you've been raped, know that you've been the victim of a sexual assault.

Seek Medical Attention Immediately

If you were injured during the assault, you need to seek medical attention immediately. You don't need to give names or provide details about the assault, but you do need to let doctors provide you with treatment. This is particularly important in the case of rape. You could have injuries that you're not aware of. Seeking medical attention will ensure that you receive the treatment you need. It will also put you in touch with other resources that you'll need as you recover from your attack, including counseling to help you deal with the emotional trauma you've endured.

Find One Person You Trust

If you've been sexually assaulted, you may feel that you have no one to talk to. You may even feel too embarrassed to confide in anyone. Find one person that you can confide in and sit down with them. Provide them with as many – or as few – of the details about the assault. Not only will this help you work through the trauma, but it will also ensure that someone besides you knows about the assault.

Talk to the Police

Finally, if you've been sexually assaulted, you need to talk to the police. Even if you're not ready to press charges against your attacker, you still need to file a report with the police. Should you decide to press charges later, the police department will already have the information they'll need to proceed. Not only that but your report may help someone else if they're attacked by the same person.