1in6 Founder and Executive Director Steve LePore and 1in6 Communications and Professional Relations Director Peter Pollard share their thoughts in The Good Men Project’s article, “The Sexual Abuse of Boys Is Not About ‘Getting Lucky’ and We Need to Stop Promoting This Myth”
The Sexual Abuse of Boys Is Not About “Getting Lucky” and We Need to Stop Promoting This Myth
By Joanna Schroeder
October 7, 2014
Another story rolled through my newsfeed this week about a female teacher who allegedly committed statutory rape against a male student. I’m sick of these stories. I’m sick of adults abusing children, and I’m sick of the way the media portrays male survivors of abuse as willing accomplices or “lucky boys” when the perpetrator is a female.
Why do we do this? Why aren’t we willing to protect our boys and stand up for them? Why don’t we think they deserve the right to bodily autonomy and consent?
My own personal opinion is that we are so attached to our gender binary when it comes to sex that we are willing to harm pretty much everybody to maintain it. This myth promotes the idea that men are sex-hungry beasts and women are the guardians of virtue, and harms people of any gender, pushing us deeper into shame and secrecy.
I reached out to Peter Pollard and Steve LePore of 1in6, an organization with a mission to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives.