By Jenco Mackey
With the rise of the #MeToo movement so has the #MenToo movement bringing light to the fact men are also the victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Many of these cases go unreported largely due to social stereotypes of men feeling weak, less of a man or possibly having their sexuality questioned by society, in general, for not wanting to take part on sexual activity. It is often times humiliating and embarrassing.
According to one study, upwards of 93% of men have said they’ve been coerced into some sort of unwanted sexual activity.
In a Texas A&M University study of 507 male students and staff members, almost ALL — fully 93% — said they’d been coerced into some form of sexual activity, including kissing, petting, or intercourse.
More than three out of five of these males reported having intercourse against their wishes.
“Many of the men’s reasons for unwanted intercourse relate to sex-role expectations,” observe the investigators — Charlene L. Muehlenhard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University, and Stephen W. Cook, B.S., a graduate student at the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Both men and women should be able and allowed to say no to unwanted sexual advances whether it be too quick for them or that they simply are not interested.