Information for male survivors

Common Reactions

Sexual assault can happen to anyone, no matter your age, your sexual orientation, or gender identity.  Men and boys who have been sexually assaulted or abused may have many of the same feelings and reactions as other survivors, but they may also face other challenges because of social attitudes and stereotypes about men and masculinity.  They may respond differently if they were abused as boys or teens than if they were sexually assaulted as an adult.

Know that you are not alone.  The following list includes some of the most common symptoms shared by men and  boys who have survived sexual assault:

Who are the perpetrators?

Perpetrators come from all walks of life, they can be any gender, age, or sexual orientation.  The vast majority of sex offenders are people known to the victim.    They may use physical force or psychological and emotional tactics.

Does being assaulted affect sexual orientation?

A person’s sexual orientation cannot be caused by sexual abuse or assault.  Some men and boys may question their sexuality especially if they experienced an erection or ejaculation.  Adults who sexually abuse boys may use phrases such as “You know you liked it” to maintain secrecy.


SACC is working together to support survivors of male sexual abuse. SACC has been selected as one of 45 agencies from across the province to deliver co-ordinated services to male survivors of sexual abuse through an initiative funded by Ministry of Attorney General. We have been providing services to male survivors since 1984.

If you were sexually assaulted, it is not your fault.  Know that you are not alone.  Coming forward about surviving a sexual assault or sexual abuse can be difficult.  We are here to help. Contact us today by calling: 519-253-3100 or completing our Intake Questionnaire. Note:  Anyone 12 and under must call our office.