Researchers have found that at least 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual abuse or assault, whether in childhood or as adults.
And this is probably a low estimate, since it doesn’t include noncontact experiences, which can also have lasting negative effects. If you’ve had such an experience, or think you might have, you are not alone.
Whoever you are, maybe you’re thinking something like, “1 in 6?! Come on, how can that be?” or even “That can’t be true!” Again, if so, you’re not alone. Those are common responses to this statistic, which many people find hard to believe – including men who’ve had such experiences themselves.
This page is about saying, briefly, “Yes, it’s hard to believe,” and “There’s strong scientific evidence.”