.....I have heard no one bitching about broadening the rape shield laws to allow ASA survivors to keep their name out of the public eye......about how male ASA survivors have zero healing resources..... is anyone else upset about it?....Brian
Yes I am. I contend that I don't have to experience ASA to have compassion for you and others, nor should you have to have experience with CSA to comprehend my struggle and issues.
When I first read your post I thought maybe you were objecting to CSA being in the news....after rereading it several times I begin to see the underlying meaning in your statements....ASA survivors get victimized twice.....once by their perps, and second by being totally and completely ignored. Once I beagan to really think about that, and remember some of the stories I have read about ASA on these forums, and how crippling and destructive to relationships and trust it is.....yeah, you guys that deal with this are disenfranchised. ASA is often denied to the point that public opinion doubts the very existance of ASA Male Survivors.
I object to that. Strenuously. I also feel as someone else pointed out, that the news keeps the Sandusky business on top not because it is CSA but because of Penn State.
There need to be more and better healing resources for ASA survivors.
Rape Sheild Laws should be changed to protect Men from improper disclosure of their names.
It is and extreme and difficult disclosure for Male Survivors to take the stand in open court. While the courts seem sympathetic at times to women and boys, Men who have been the victim of emotional traumatic sexual assault are often challenged in the court of public opinion by the media without accountability. A few moments pondering what this can look and feel like will make it obvious why some men never come forward.
Jerry Sandusky abused those boys, the trial should be happening, and I hope he is convicted and punished.
I also hope that these posts get read, that they become part of legal arguments, and that legislation is precipitated to protect ALL victims of Sex Assault regardless of their Gender or Age. PERIOD.
I will put a teal ribbon on my facebook...(I will pm you my facebook information)
I appreciate your input and am glad to have understood your point of view...you opened my mind.