Men's Health

#MeToo. Men Share Their Stories of Persevering Through Sexual Assault

“She laughed at me and said I wasn’t a real man, and she was right: I was a frightened boy.”

Ken Clearwater, manager of the Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust (MSSAT), was sexually violated at the age of 12. After suffering a rape from a man, he never expected to also be sexually abused by a woman. This abuse, and the ridicule he received from his abuser, shattered whatever trust and innocence Clearwater had, and led him down a path of destruction.

Now an adult who has overcome so many hardships, Clearwater is taking his story and looking to make a change. He believes that sexual abuse at the hands of both men and women is under reported. Clearwater also stated, "People seem to think being a male victim is not as bad as being a female victim, and that if the perpetrator is a female the damage isn't as bad- not realising the psychological damage it can do.

Photo source: Ken Clearwater at his TED talk/Youtube