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Male Victims

If you or someone you know experiences violence, you're not alone. Help is available.

According to RAINN, one in six men will experience sexual assault before the age of 18, and one in 33 men will be the victim of attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.

Common Myths

Below is a list of common myths and facts about male sexual victimization. This list has been adapted from MaleSurvivor’s Male Sexual Victimization Myths and Facts. Such myths minimize the seriousness of sexual assault and can affect the way victims feel about themselves after they have been assaulted. In order to create a culture that supports male victims, we must know the facts.

Myth: Boys and men can’t be victims of sexual assault or rape.

Fact: We know that anyone can be a victim of sexual assault or rape, regardless of their gender. This myth is often believed because of the way we are socialized to understand gender in our society. Men are often raised to be “macho” and masculine at young ages. We are taught that men should be able to protect themselves and to not be vulnerable. No person should be blamed for an act of sexual assault, especially young boys who are weaker, more vulnerable, and unable to protect themselves.

Myth: Most sexual abuse is perpetrated by gay males.

Fact: Most men who sexually assault other men identify as heterosexual. Sexual violence is about power and control, not lust, sexual attraction, or sexual orientation. 

Myth: Men cannot be sexually assaulted by women.

Fact: Although research suggests that the majority of perpetrators are male, women can and do sexually assault men.

Myth: If a man experiences sexual arousal or orgasm from a sexual assault, it means he was a willing participant or enjoyed it.

Fact: Survivors may feel shame or guilt if they were aroused during a sexual assault. It is important to remember that individuals can respond physically to stimulation, but that does not mean that they enjoyed or wanted the assault to take place. 

If You’ve been Assaulted

It is not your fault if you experience sexual assault. Below is a list of steps you may consider taking after an assault. Please remember, the road to healing may be a tough one, but you certainly don’t have to travel it alone.  If you have questions or would like to talk to someone about an assault, you may contact the Haven Project at the Counseling Center and/or the Haven Project at the Alice Paul House. The Alice Paul House is available 24/7 by calling the crisis hotline at (724) 349-4444.

Seeking Medical Attention 

If you have been abused or assaulted, you may need medical care. To get medical help, immediately go to the nearest emergency department. If you were sexually assaulted, you should receive information about disease prevention. You can also have evidence collected at an emergency department. Evidence collection should occur as soon as possible. 

To preserve evidence:

  • Do NOT shower, bathe, or wash any part of your body.
  • Do NOT use the bathroom.
  • Do NOT change clothes.
  • Do NOT brush your teeth or gargle.
  • Do NOT comb your hair. 

If you are a student and do not wish to have evidence collection completed, you can seek medical care at the Health Service at the Center for Health and Well-Being

Seeking Emotional Support

IUP’s Counseling Center is part of the Haven Project. Confidential services are available by calling 724-357-2621. Survivors of sexual violence often find counseling an important part of their healing. Whether the violence was recent or a long time ago, you can receive help. 

Reporting Sexual Violence

You have the right to report sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to the police. To file a criminal complaint, contact University Police at (724) 357-2621 or call 9-1-1.

If the perpetrator is affiliated with IUP, you can also report the violence to the university. 

  • If the perpetrator is an IUP student, you can report to the Office of Student Conduct. Student Conduct will investigate the alleged violence. Information about this process and possible sanctions are available in the student handbook, The Source.
  • If the perpetrator is a university employee, volunteer, or vendor, report to the Associate Vice President for Human Resources.

You can also report to the university without filing a criminal complaint. 

Reporting to the police may seem intimidating. You can request that an advocate accompany you by calling the Alice Paul House at (724) 349-4444. 

Victims are not required to report sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to the police or the Office of Student Conduct. You can receive university services regardless of whether or not you report an act of violence. Because the university wants to prevent future sexual violence, you are encouraged to report.

If you have questions or would like to speak to someone about resources for survivors of violence, help is available.

Contact the Haven Project at (724) 357-4799 or the Counseling Center at (724) 357-2621. Both services are provided by the Center for Health and Well-Being, located in the Suites on Maple East.

You may also contact your local crisis hotline:

IUP at Indiana

IUP Punxsutawney

IUP at Northpointe

IUP at Monroeville