At least one in six men have experienced sexual abuse or assault, whether in childhood or as adults

Our thanks to Rob, a generous Australian donor, for pointing us to two videos. The first (5:45) is from an American organization, 1in6. The second (5:04) is the work of William Ayot, a poet, playwright and teacher. He is currently poet-in-residence at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.
In our last general election manifesto we explored 20 areas where the human rights of men and/or boys are assaulted in the UK today. Sexual abuse of men was the longest of the 20 sections (pp.31-7). It starts with this:

It will come as a surprise to many, but women are responsible for a substantial proportion of sexual offences, including sexual abuses of children. A website116 concerned with female sex offenders has a bibliography (ref #117) of over 900 academic studies, articles, and books on the subject, dating back to 1857.
People struggle to recognize women as perpetrators of sexual and non-sexual violence, in spite of the weight
of evidence showing them to be frequent perpetrators of both. This is because we live in a culture which
regards men as ‘actors’ and women as ‘acted upon’. The public has become conditioned to viewing men as perpetrators, and women as victims. Alison Tieman, a Canadian men’s human rights advocate, produced insightful short video on this matter. (ref #118)
This culture leads to inequalities. Few women are held accountable for sex offences, including those women
who sexually abuse children. It’s known from a major American survey (details below) that slightly over
25% of sex offences are committed by women against men (with no male accomplices). We would therefore
expect the male/female ratio of people charged with sex offences to be a little under 3:1. In the UK, in
2013, the ratio was 146:1.
Women as well as men suffer from this failure to hold female sex offenders to account. Michele Elliott is
the founder and director of Kidscape, a British charity. Her book Female Sexual Abuse of Children – The
Ultimate Taboo was published in 1993. In 1984 two American researchers, Petrovich & Templer, reported
that of a sample of 89 incarcerated (male) rapists, 49 (59%) had been sexually abused as children by one or
more women. (ref #119) There is, therefore, a de facto correlation between female sex offences and male sex

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