Information for male victims of rape
Talking about sexual assault is never easy. Whether you are a man or a woman, sexual assault is a trauma. The trauma of sexual assault involves losing control of your own body and possibly fearing death or injury. 'Rape trauma syndrome' is a term that mental health professionals use to describe the common reactions that occur for both men and women after sexual assault. There are also other ways that men are affected by rape.
Information for men on childhood sexual assault
Talking about sexual assault is never easy. Talking about something that happened in your childhood is often extremely difficult. For men talking about personal topics may be even harder than for women. If, however, childhood sexual assault is affecting your life you may find you need to discuss your situation with someone.
Reporting to the police
You have the option to report to police if you have been sexually assaulted. You also have the option to make the report and request that no further action is taken. You are not required to report to police immediately after a sexual assault. However, the advantage of making a report soon after the incident is that it is easier for the police to gather evidence, investigate and charge the offender. If an assault is reported within three days a forensic medical examination will be performed, with your consent, to see if there is any evidence that can be collected. This examination may assist to identify an offender
What happens when you contact a CASA?
CASAs work to ensure that women, children and men who are victim/survivors of sexual assault have access to comprehensive, timely support and intervention to address their needs.