'A total of 43 percent of high school boys and young college men reported they had an unwanted sexual experience and of those, 95 percent said a female acquaintance was the aggressor, according to a study published online in the APA journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity®.'
How is it that anti-rape education campaigns often ignore the possibility that men can be victims and women can be perpetrators? In fact, in the US until 2013, the legal definition of rape excluded the possibility that a man could be raped by a woman!
Sure the law changed since, but social beliefs about female sexual aggressors and male victims of sexual coercion still have a ways to go.
Outside of sexual violence, there is also the matter of domestic violence. Statistics show that the rate of men being battered by their wives is in fact almost as common as that of women bettered by their husbands, and the physical harm done can sometimes be just as horrific as women are also more likely to use weapons in the attack.
Is this just a societal blind spot based on gender-role stereotypes?
An interesting statistic I just came across too is that 60 to 80 percent of rapists, sex offenders, and sexually aggressive men were sexually abused by a woman in their childhood. While this certainly does not excuse the behaviour of an able-minded rapist, it certainly goes to show how combating the sexual abuse of men by women could probably help to combat the sexual abuse of women by men. With that, ignoring the sexual abuse of boys and men by women could contribute to the rape of women by men and so feed the cycle of violence.