Recent Research Shows Men Are Rαped Nearly as Much as Women

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Researchers for National Crime Victimization find that men are physically assaulted as much as women.


Reported by April V. Taylor

Although mainstream media portrays rαpe as something that overwhelmingly happens to women, findings from the National Crime Victimization Survey are showing that men are rαped at nearly the same frequency as women. reported on the findings of the survey, which interviewed 40,000 households about rαpe and sëxual viοlence.  Researchers were initially so shocked by the findings that they contacted the Bureau of Justice Statistics to find out if there had been a mistake or variations in the study that would have accounted for the drastic difference in what the survey found in previous years.  The most recent study found that men accounted for 38 percent of rαpe and sëxual viοlence incidents, while in years past, the numbers were between 5 and 14 percent.

Researcher Lara Stemple, who works with the Health and Human Rights Project at UCLA, was prompted to dig deeper into the prevalence of male rαpe.  Her previous work on prison reform had taught her that male rαpe in prison was prevalent but was not included in national rαpe statistics.  In reviewing other studies in addition to the one she worked on, she found that rαpe occurred much more equally for both men and women than what many have come to expect.  She feels that the conclusions society has made about men always being perpetrators and women being victims of rαpe are false assumptions, and that the way we think about rαpe must be reassessed.  The fact that statistical analysis done by the Bureau of Justice statistics shows that 46 percent of male rαpe victims report a female perpetrator supports this conclusion.

One of the things driving the misconception about rαpe is the way the FBI has chosen to define forcible rαpe.  For years, it was defined as “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.”  This has affected how male rαpe is reported significantly, so much so that when Chicago chose to broaden their definition of rαpe in 2010, the FBI did not include the city’s numbers when compiling rαpe statistics for that year.  The FBI’s definition of rαpe did not change until 2012 when it was revised to not include any mention of force or gender but simply focused on the act of penetration.  The FBI has not calculated any statistics based on the revised definition yet.

The most accurate statistics regarding male and female rαpe that include being forcibly penetrated as well as being forced to penetrate appear in a paper co-written by Stemple and Ilan Meyer titled “The Sëxual Victimization of Men in America: New Data Challenge Old Assumptions.” The paper uses data from multiple studies and concludes that when using the broader, more accurate definition of rαpe, victimization rates are nearly equal between genders, with 1.270 million women and 1.267 million men reporting being victims of sëxual viοlence.

While many may find these numbers hard to believe, they represent the real life experiences of those living in America.  People must come to accept that being forced to penetrate can be an act of rαpe.  As Hanna Rosen states, “The mere presence of physiological symptoms associated with arousal does not in fact indicate actual arousal, much less willing participation.”

Getting a more accurate picture of the prevalence of male rαpe also requires rαpes that occur in prison to be included when compiling national statistics.  Surveys conducted on juvenile inmates found that 89 percent of sëxual assault victims were boys who had been abused by female staff members.  There is now overwhelming evidence that rαpe is not a crime only experienced by women, and it is also not a crime where women are always the victims and never the perpetrators.

America must find a way to not only acknowledge this but also change existing structures so that men have the same opportunity as women to pursue justice.



  1. Truth-B-Told

    June 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I have worked in the prison industry and I am pleased to read an article that gives light to men being sexually assaulted/raped. I am aware of men who were raped as a child or young man by a woman. It happens more than we think. And it equally destroy and devastate a life. More focus is requested and info written, it is the only way to make the male victims voice heard and justice executed.

  2. Deborah Bee

    June 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    This article was long overdue! The rape of men is s teal problem that needs to be taken seriously. Yet, a few days ago some radio host was making light of the situation. We have to acknowledge, that *everyone’s* body is their own private property. And that anyone can be a victim of molestation/rape, as well as be the rapist.

  3. Yocheved

    June 22, 2014 at 5:39 am

    I’m willing to bet that 99% of those rapes against men were committed by other men, and about 1% by women. That still means that men do the vast majority of the raping. Simply put, the one with the greater physical power takes what he wants.

    When women commit rape, it’s more a matter of seduction, coercion, or a blackmail type of scenario where the balance of power has been shifted by circumstance.

  4. Real

    June 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    99% of the rapes commuted by men is false. (Referring to the comment by yocheved). That’s not even close to true. Difference is men think it’s ok for a women to take a man and it doesn’t get reported to the criminal justice system. When it comes to violent cases the discrepancy is probably much larger but violent rapes account for less cases than u may think.

  5. Reveal

    June 22, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    At 15 my first experience was being sat upon by a young lady while watching TV on her couch who had to have it, despite my repeatedly saying “your mom is upstairs and so is your brother and your dad will be home any minute”. At first, we were all watching TV until they went upstairs (mom and bro). Well, indeed mom ‘gave us privacy’ and dad never showed, so her pleadings of “I wanna do something” for over a half-hour eventually became contact. I admit there was some attraction and I may not have minded but not under that pressure or those circumstances. People would argue that makes it consensual and not rape, but I went home with the shame of moisture on my clothing and an inability to explain to my parents what occurred or even where I was. The very next afternoon I was confronted by her boyfriend who asked me to step out of class. She told him what occurred. He was a football linebacker known for hitting people who messed with ‘his girl’ but he simply asked me to leave her alone, which I did. A few weeks later I noticed pinches on my skin that I later learned was an STD that I still carry today. Fortunately, God has shown mercy and allowed me to have a beautiful baby boy and loving wife. So it can happen to men, maybe not quite as forcibly, but certainly against one’s will and at inappropriate moments. She was determined that particular night to end with an encounter and being straddled on a low couch without much leverage to change my body position led to you now hearing me agree that it can happen to anyone, as it did to me 30 years ago.

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