Homophobia prevents many men, regardless of their sexuality, from coming forward to report rape and sexual assault, receive medical attention, and seek support. Ignorance and revictimization at the hands of law enforcement, service providers and the community at large are real and must not be minimized or overlooked. The context in which a man is sexually assaulted or raped must be considered to determine appropriate support, services and referrals. The identification of the sexual assault and rape of men by service providers, care givers, survivors and their supporters is hindered by legal definitions, public perception, and ignorance and insensitivity among service providers.
The New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP) is a crime victim service agency serving primarily lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender survivors of crime in the five boroughs of New York City. The material for this presentation is drawn from several sources, including AVP educational and training materials, case statistics and narratives.