While it is true that sexual assault of males is a part of prison culture, the occurrence of male rape is not isolated to that culture. Sexual assault can occur at any place, and at any time.
Rape is not about sexual preference or desire-it is about power and control. The motivation of the rapist is to humiliate the other person. A survey of convicted rapists found that at least half of these men did not care about the gender of their victim; they raped both men and women. Most male rapists identify as heterosexual.
Rape is something that can and does happen to an entire spectrum of men, regardless of physical strength or prowess. Being raped does not mean that the survivor is weak or a wimp. Anyone can be overpowered or taken by surprise. Size and strength is often no match for weapons, overwhelming odds, or a surprise attack.
All studies so far have found that survivors commonly do report erections and even ejaculations while being raped. These are uncontrollable, automatic, physiological responses, and do not mean that the survivor enjoyed the experience.
Women can and do commit rape of men, although this is much less common than rape by men. Sexual assault of a man by one or more women is just as serious as any other type of violation.
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