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Sexual Assault and Rape

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Sexual assault of men

Men can be sexually assaulted. Sexual assaults of men can take on conventional characteristics of force and coercion and can be perpetrated by both men and women. Although the overall incidence of occurrence and reporting is considerably lower, men who have been sexually assaulted (most commonly anal intercourse by other men) should be, and generally are, treated equally under the law.

The male response to the sexual advances of women and sexual assault

Another circumstance that men should be aware of is using good judgment in how they respond to the sexual advances of women. In general, men have a lower threshold than women do to engaging in sexual activity if it is offered to them. This well-known lack of restraint by a man can be used by a woman who is acting recklessly or with bad intentions to engage with men in sex.

Women who are seeking sexual interactions may be doing so for reasons other than a genuine interest in the man. They may be intoxicated and acting rashly or they may desire sex in general. Many cases have been reported where women have had a specific intention to have sex with a particular man for the wrong reasons and with bad intentions. Women in any of these situations can engage in seductive behaviors that men find hard to resist, especially if they are intoxicated.

Afterwards, the women's specific intention, guilt, or remorse can lead to an accusation of sexual assault when no assault occurred at the time the encounter took place. If the woman characterizes this situation as a sexual assault, the man is almost always charged with sexual assault, even though the actual interaction may have been initiated and controlled by the women. Many men who would never engage in sexual assault can be drawn into situations such as these quite easily.

Men must exercise extreme caution in these situations, especially if they are intoxicated. Without exception, advances should be refused if the female is emotionally or cognitively compromised or an uncompromised woman's desires to engage in sexual activity are not clear or logical.

Postponing sexual interaction until both parties are sober, are of sound mind, and can communicate effectively about their feelings, is the correct course of action. Both parties will benefit from avoiding the serious consequences of sexual assault accusations.

Fear of reporting sexual assault, rape

Almost all people are fearful of the stigma and difficulty associated with reporting sexual assault and rape. This tendency must be faced and overcome. Sexual assault should always be reported and sexual assailants prosecuted and punished. Sexual predators and abusers are likely to act again, and the level of violence used is likely to increase with subsequent attacks. The law is remarkably protective of victims of sexual assault, and counseling is generally available. All of these factors should decrease the stress and fear associated with reporting. Although prosecution of sexual assault is not without problems, victims of sexual assault generally fare better psychologically if they cooperate with authorities to bring sexual assailants to justice.

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