Sexual assault is not just a woman’s issue; it impacts both men and women.

 Men and women are both victims of sexual assault.  As a man, it is likely that you will know someone who is a survivor of sexual assault: a friend, family member, and/or girlfriend.

  • Do not remain silent, do not look the other way.  Become an “active bystander”, confront friends who are becoming disrespectful or abusive.
  • Women often turn to male friends for support and understanding after an assault.  Your support can aid their recovery.
  • Although most survivors are female, approximately 5% of survivors are male.  Men are assaulted by other men, and sometimes by women.  It is important that male survivors seek services and talk with someone about what has happened.
  • For positive change to occur, it is critical for men to become involved as part of the solution, rather than continuing to be viewed as “the problem”.  Men become a part of the solution by educating themselves on the issue, confronting negative behavior of friends, and challenging behaviors and attitudes that may lead to sexual assault.
  • Interrupt actions, comments or jokes that support rape culture.