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War and Male Rape

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Everyone knows that rape is often a weapon of war, what isn’t so well known is that many of the victims are male.

According to a Guardian article focusing mostly on African wars, a large proportion of the victims of wartime rape are male. And given how taboo the subject is, it can be assumed that the number is far greater since male victims are less likely to come forward for fear of being ostracized by a community that no longer sees them as men.

Not only are these men denied help by their communities, but most major NGOs go out of their way to not help male victims. And by that I don’t mean that they unintentionally neglect them, I mean that the bastards actually try to cover up the problem. When the Refugee Law Centre produced a film about male victims called Gender Against Men people in international aid agencies tried to stop them from screening it; at least one U.N report on the matter used a definition of rape that excluded males; and Dutch Oxfam even went so far as to tell one organization that if any less than 70% of their clients were females funding would be terminated. Such immoral behavior from organizations tasked with helping people is  sickening but not surprising, especially from the U.N. You remember the U.N. They’re those wonderful people who, in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, chose to give food aid to women, and only women, through the World Food Program.

One of the most common excuses for wanting to keep this problem in the dark is that there are only so many resources to go round and that if part of the metaphorical cake is used to help men there will be less resources to help the women. These dirtbags are of course lying, as they don’t yell “The cake is too small,” when it is announced that there is a new set of women needing help. For you see, this is a magical cake that gets bigger when the new victims are women, yet stays strangely static when the new victims needing help are men…

I suspect that rape is probably harder on men than on women, as men aren’t told by society that they may be victims and so are less prepared psychologically than women when it does happen, and because no one has ever been accused of being less womanly because they were raped. And that’s without going into detail about the physical injuries described in the article – you have been warned.

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