Although the majority of adult sex crimes are committed by men against women, sexual assault can be perpetrated by or against both men and women. Compared with female sexual assault, male sexual assault (MSA) has received little research or public attention and has largely been ignored in discussions of sexual violence until the last 10 to 15 years. Many people have misconceptions about MSA, such as believing that it does not happen, it is not psychologically harmful, or it only happens to homosexual men or men in prison. However, research demonstrates that MSA occurs in a variety of settings and can result in serious, negative physical and mental health outcomes.

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