A comprehensive article in the March 8 issue of the Grand Rapids Press, Hurt twice: Society questions validity of male sex assault, domestic violence victims, examines how society views male victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse. In their interviews with the author, Randy Flood and Carla Blinkhorn, CEO of the YWCA West Central Michigan discuss the effect male socialization has on men’s ability to get support.
“There are a lot of aspects in our social fabric that tell men they’re supposed to be superior. For male victims of domestic violence, they may question their own manhood,” says Flood, adding that males may suffer in silence, “The ‘man-code’ tells them to suck it up and to tough it out.”
In this short video, Flood offers ways to help men move from silence to healing.