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It Happens to Boys

What Makes Boys Afraid to Tell About Sexual Abuse?

1. Boys are under the assumption that they should be able to protect themselves. If someone takes advantage of them they feel it is their own fault, they should have been stronger.

2. Boys feel they won’t be believed. Especially if the abuse was perpetrated by a woman.

3. Boys worry that if the perpetrator was male then he must be gay, or if he tells, people will think he was gay.

4. Our current social belief is that victims are female and perpetrators are male, therefore males are not seen as abuse victims.