By Michael Scarce
A groundbreaking exam of a tremendously unrecognized even though broadly generic type of violence. Male on Male Rape shatters the silence and gives concrete suggestions for prevention and restoration.
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This (homo)sexual terminology also perpetuates the stereotypical notions that gay men are sexual predators or tihat only gay men rape other men. When referring to those people who have experienced sexual violence and successfully escaped with their life, I choose to use the word survivor over victim. Victimization implies powerlessness and a lack of control, whereas survivor carries a measure of strength, perseverance, and empowerment. Most legal terminology still uses the word victim as a technical term to define a person against whom a crime has been committed.
Turning to policy and law, Chapter Eleven explains how male rape is legally defined in the United States and abroad; the origin and history of their structure and function; and these laws' relationship to sodomy statutes, rape reform legislation, gay rights legislation, policymaking, and more. Chapter Thirteen tackles the positioning of male survivors and same-sex rape within the broader antirape movement. Born out of feminist organizing in the 1970s, the antirape movement has historically defined itself as by women, for women.
Few men are trained to be aware of their vulnerability to sexual assault, however, which may seem beyond the realm of most men's reality. After all, male rape is largely ignored by the media, public health outreach, and other educational endeavors. When a man realizes he has been sexually assaulted, it is understandable for him to feel as if he is the only one to ever undergo such an &dte>a»wii(j> $a/e $af» 27 experience given this widespread invisibility. This is illustrated by the earlier quote from Marcus, who said that he felt like no other men were raped and that he was unique in his victimization.