Distorted Reality: A Commentary on DiMarco et al. (2022) and the Question of Male Sexual Victimization

Widanaralalage Don, K., Shon M. Reed, Maria João Lobo Antunes, Christina DeJong, Gillian M. Pinchevsky, Rachel Lovell and Cristy E. Cummings 2022. Distorted Reality: A Commentary on DiMarco et al. (2022) and the Question of Male Sexual Victimization. Sexuality & Culture. 26, pp. 2122-2137. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-022-09988-0

TitleDistorted Reality: A Commentary on DiMarco et al. (2022) and the Question of Male Sexual Victimization
TypeJournal article
AuthorsWidanaralalage Don, K., Shon M. Reed, Maria João Lobo Antunes, Christina DeJong, Gillian M. Pinchevsky, Rachel Lovell and Cristy E. Cummings
Abstract

Our commentary responds to claims made by DiMarco and colleagues in an article published in this journal that the majority of victims of rape are men and that 80% of those who rape men are women. Although we strongly believe that studying male sexual victimization is a highly important research and policy endeavour, we have concerns with the approach taken by DiMarco and colleagues to discuss these incidents. Specifically, we critique their paper by addressing the definitions of rape used by the authors, questioning their interpretation of national victim surveys, evaluating their analysis of the underreporting of male rape, and highlighting the heteronormative framework they use to outline the landscape of male sexual victimization. With this commentary, we call for a holistic, nuanced, and balanced study of male sexual victimization that recognizes the reality of both female-on-male and male-on-male violence, the experiences of survivors, and multi-layered barriers that male victims often encounter.

JournalSexuality & Culture
Journal citation26, pp. 2122-2137
ISSN1095-5143
1936-4822
Year2022
PublisherSpringer
Publisher's version
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-022-09988-0
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-022-09988-0
Publication dates
Published online20 Aug 2022
Published in printDec 2022

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