He's Somebody's Son
Nobody’s son should learn that he is valued and loved only for his body and what he looks like.
This too often is the message that the younger generation receives through our culture, the media, their peers, and what we know as the social norms of today.
And nobody’s son should be abused or exploited.
This is evident in the disturbing percentage of boys who are trafficked for sex, sexually abused and violated. They are often reduced to and hidden by silence; and as a society, we do more to keep them there than we do in giving them a voice.
While the phrase, She’s Somebody’s Daughter, is our main focus, not for one second is it overlooked that every day our sons are being victimized and exploited; not in the same high proportions as our girls, yet do numbers really matter when innocence is being violated?
The estimated statistic that 1 in 6 males are sexually abused by the time they are 18 is arguable, given that many males' refuse to admit they've been assaulted. Being sexually abused is one of many painful and potentially damaging experiences that a human being may suffer in childhood. "Boys are less likely to disclose," said University of Massachusetts clinical psychologist David Lisak, who works with male victims and victimizers.
Also, according to the latest U.S. State Department report on human trafficking, some 45 percent of the 286 certified adult victims in fiscal year 2008 were male, a significant increase from the 6 percent certified in 2006.
Our desire is to raise awareness about the abuse inflicted on our sons, brothers, cousins - boys and men in general – and offer resources that address these issues specifically for male victims and survivors.
He's Somebody's Son Facts and Resources about Sex Trafficking of Males
Become educated about the facts of sex trafficking of males. Be aware that this issue does exist and that we must honor our boys, young men and men by understanding more. If we hope to eradicate sex trafficking, we must include the males being trafficked in the conversation.
- Boys make up 50% of children trading sex for money in the U.S, so why is nobody talking about them? View source article from alternet.org.
- A lack of concern renders male victims invisible, and quite often what cannot be seen gets treated as if it does not exist. View source article from toy soldier.wordpress.com.
- Nearly half the kids — about 45 percent — were boys: View source article from miaminewtimes.com.
- The exploiters of boys and male adolescents are most often middle aged men. These men search for boys in lodging establishments, bus stations, and fast-food restaurants, among other places and pay anywhere from 15 to 100 USD. View source article from ungift.org.
- The invisible man: The onscious neglect of men and boys in the war on human trafficking View source article from pubs.utah.edu.
- Trafficked men don't look like the traditional female victim, but many more men are being forced into servitude. View source article from chron.com.
- 10 Things Men and Boys Can Do to Stop Human Trafficking View source article from msmagazine.com.
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He's Somebody's Son's Resources for Male Sexual Abuse
While resources available for sexual abuse are typically geared towards females, the issue of men and sexual abuse is beginning to become better understood. We want men to be able to find help, overcome and become survivors. The following resources focus on getting help for boys or men who suffer from any form of sexaul abuse.
Jim Hopper - Sexual Abuse of Males (extensive, five-star article!)