there have some cases in hamilton of men being abducted and raped. it turns out that the police have now made an arrest, so how do you think it was reported in the waikato times? with the following blaring headline on the front page of yesterday's paper:
Man-sex cases: arrest made
really? seriously? the best way you can describe male sexual assault is "man-sex"??? have you all not heard of the word "rape"? it's a simple four-letter word, it clearly describes what happened, it doesn't take up much space. in a side-bar, they manage to use the tag "sex attacks on men", which at least gives the notion of lack of consent. see, it's not so hard is it?
but that isn't the only bit of fail in the article. check out the last few paragraphs:
Waikato University Associate Professor Doug Boer said male rape victims were even more reticent than women when it came to reporting being sexually assaulted "because of the assault on their self-image as a man as well as being a rape victim".
"Also, men don't generally conceive of themselves as potentially a victim of sexual assault, so when it happens it is entirely counter to the victim's sense of what is possible."
again, i have to say, really? you think women's self-image doesn't take a hit when they become a rape victim? it surely does. and they way female rape victims are treated, particularly by our media, by our justice system & by society in general, well all of that creates quite a considerable barrier to women reporting rape & sexual assault. in fact, i've read that only 1 in 10 cases will be reported.
if that figure is less for men (and i'd like to see the evidence), then yes, that needs some unpacking. a lot of it will be related to the way gender is constructed in our society, as well as to homophobia. but the way this is worded - "assault on their self-image" - as if this is something that just happens to men, it's just pathetic.