Awareness Of Sexual Abuse

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Awareness of sexual abuse has been progressing in America over the past few years, but even with the rising number of cases being reported, there are many people who still remain unheard. While there has been an increasing amount of victories for women for getting the justice they deserve, there are many men who experience sexual abuse and remain silent due to the fear of being judged and discriminated against. Jed Diamond, author of the article “#Me(n) Too: Why Sexual Abuse is a Men’s Issue Not Just a Women’s Issue” writes to persuade his audience to make them realize that men can also experience these forms of abuse and should also be heard when people discuss the topic of sexual abuse victims. The author’s viewpoint over the issue of sexaully…show more content…
He adds in the statistic “1 out of every 10 rape victims are male” (par. 9), showing that, even though it is a smaller percentile than women, men are also raped and should be taken into consideration. The author includes these facts and statistics to point out to the audience that an action needs to be taken to help spread awareness of the issue and help out the men who have dealt assault. The author states “ About 3% of American men—or 1 in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime” (par. 9). This makes the audience aware of the severity of the growing issue and pushes the audience to speak up, to help make the problem apparent to others. As the author mentions these facts, it is acting as a call to action to the other men, pushing them to believe that it is important to show the rest of world male sexual assault victims exist, in order to resolve the existing issue and bring the men to justice. The author also stresses that any men can be abused, not just gay men, to show that anyone can be a sexual abuser and that they should be treated the same, regardless of their gender. The author’s main goal is to have all cases treated the same, and for men not to be discriminated against just because they are male. He does a good job making it clear that he believes something needs to be done about this situation and states that his intentions are to “to recognize that sexual harassment and rape are men’s problems as well as women’s problems. And men’s failure to join in and say, “Me, too, sexual assault needs to end,” helps keep the problem hidden” (par. 13), pushing at the idea that men speaking up is
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