On Facebook, I shared a link to a news story entitled "The Hard Truth About Girl-on-Guy Rape" that not only talked about how much more common it is than anyone believes, but how men who are raped by women have almost nowhere to turn for help without getting ridiculed, or having their masculinity questioned.
Almost immediately after, I received the following as a Private Message on Facebook. I quote it in full, without editing, with the express permission of the person who sent it to me. When I thanked him for sharing his story with me, he said, "You are welcome to use it anonymously if you wish." I asked him if he was sure about it, and he once again said I could share the story with other people.
This is why I make such a big deal about this subject, folks. I make a big deal about because there are men out there who have gone through this trauma (and yes, it is a trauma) but who feel they can't come forward for one reason or another, and who nevertheless who need to talk about it with someone if only so they know that they are not alone. That there are other men who have gone through this, and that there are people who understand and who care. That he isn't weak. That he is still a human being and that he still matters.
And if I only reach one of them, if what I do only helps one such man, then my job here is done.
So here it is. His story.
Thanks for posting the link to the article on The Hard Truth About Girl-on-Guy Rape.
About 23 years ago I was taken advantage of by 2 women at a party when I was too drunk to defend myself. There was a group of people around as I called out no, and no one did anything. I have never felt I could do anything about it. I was not interested in either girl, and one was underage. The next day I confronted two friends that hosted the party (a married couple), and the two girls denied knowing anything about it, saying they were too drunk to remember anything.
It is something I don't think about generally, but seeing the article at least made me feel less like "the only guy" to have that happen.
I haven't discussed it with anyone over the years. And would not be comfortable in public (though knowing FB is not very secure format), I never even told my ex-wife during the 14 years we were together. (I had myself thoroughly tested for STD's after incident just in case).
I was stunned by the numbers quoted in the article.
Thank you for your bravery.