When a male is a victim of sexual assault, it’s usually something he doesn’t want to talk about— to anyone.

“There’s so much shame around being male identified and having someone overpower us,” explains Jesse Proia, co-facilitator of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s new Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (MSAS) group. “We wonder what it means to our identity. We blame our substance abuse or how we dressed or where we were, rather than letting it come down to consent.”

 

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