America has made wonderful progress in protecting women from abuse due to social movements like #metoo. There certainly is a lot of room for improvement, but it’s nice to know that women are being heard. Sexual abuse and domestic violence of any kind are terrible things and the fight against them is incredibly important. But there is one area that isn’t receiving the attention that it needs. Domestic violence against men. Not only does it happen, but it may be a lot more common than you might think.
Many people think that it is extremely rare for a man to suffer from domestic violence. But the data doesn’t support that assumption. The fact is one in seven men will suffer from domestic violence in their lifetime. The perpetrator varies with the type of violence. For sexual violence, the perpetrators are generally male. But for other types of violence, the perpetrators are generally female.
An Overlooked Problem
So, if domestic violence is so common, why isn’t it talked about more? One of the biggest culprits is probably culture. For males, it’s almost taboo to admit that they are the victim of something. Furthermore, if the perpetrator was female, many people will have a hard time believing that a stronger man was beaten by a smaller woman.
Another reason that male abuse may go unnoticed has to do with age. Most male sexual violence and a large portion of physical violence occurs when the male is young. In fact, most male perpetrators of domestic violence were victims of domestic violence when they were young.
What to Do
So, what can you do to fight male domestic violence? Education is one of the most important steps. If you have male family members or friends, educate them on what domestic violence is and what to do if they experience it. Make sure that they know that they can confide in you. Keep an eye out for signs of domestic violence such as, odd bruises, wearing long clothing to cover injuries in warm weather, fear of authority figures, fear of home, domineering parents/partners, etc. If you see domestic violence, report it.
As a nation, America needs to do more to help and protect males from abuse. The fight against abuse should not be gendered. In order for abuse to be stopped, all victims must be recognized and helped.
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