Hello, and Thank You, in advance, for coming and showing some interest in the subject matter; of which is addressed, here on my blogs. The other day I addressed some statistics, concerning male victimization, in the act of Rape, Male Sexual Assaults in the Military. Now, as you probably can see, this video was produced and posted on as recent as September 14, 2014; If I read it correctly.
The statistics that are described and disclosed here, are not anything that surprises me., However, they are much more in number of reported cases, which brought these statistics into the light. There is, on the other hand the most chilling reality; is these statistic are not complete or completely accurate. Why? Well, because there are men out there whom have never came forward and reported their sexual assault/rape, or the inappropriate touching that occurred to them. The most disturbing among all of that, is that there are all of those whom have not told their story, and who remain living with their shame and the injuries, in Silence.
I am not sure, that I agree with this persons personal assertions; as it relates to the importance of whether or not the perpetrator sexual orientation. Logically, one could assert that since the attack was conducted by someone whom was male; that the perpetrator has to be Gay. I agree and disagree with this.
I have had actual discussions with people whom were both Gay and Straight, regarding male on male sexual activity. One thing that has came to me, in my discussions was that during many male sexual lives (especially during adolescence and young adulthood), There are times when every male goes through sexual discovery and experimentation. Some of the sexually oriented contact, with other males, are consensual and are out of experimentation.
During my Educational ventures, I had the pleasure of being in some Criminal Justice level classes that discuss mob dynamics, mob mentality issues, as well as "Peer Pressured Group Based Activities." I have looked at these dynamics and other influences which involve multiple assailants in a criminal activity, and have seen some pretty harsh realities and connections with my own "Gang Rape."
In either case of whether, or not, a person or group, are of a "Gay" oriented background or "Gay Sexual Preference," is maybe important; but I don't think that is the only foundational concern here. In Any situation where an assault or other case of criminal activity; there is an "Alpha" personality, that seems to guide or direct his/her influences, upon less dominant personalities, where he/she builds a sense of obligation, with lesser assertive or more subjective personalities. Those personalities assert their perceived power, over others of less ability to be in control thereby falling in line with the masses; feeling like they would be compromised, and left out of their group. (I hope this makes sense.)
I believe, in general that "Male on Male" Sexual assault, that the Alpha personality may be of some Gay orientation, or is close to one of his confidants, whom are Gay, and the dynamics of their influences may drive other "Lesser" assertive personality of their group following. I believe that once the acts are started, the Alpha in the group activity and the other members of the group begin moving in the same direction; others of personalities whom are more prone to being followers; become energized and begin following the Alpha's action, thus building a series of dynamics that intensifies the actual act (s).
( I think you get the point I am trying to make here, I hope!)
Now, I have to say that there is a stronger sense of what the speaker in the above video; of which would direct one to assume that a "One on One" sexual assault/ Rape, would have some sense of being committed by someone whom had "Gay" tendencies. However, in situations where there are multiple assailants, I think the dynamics are a bit difference; and fall in line with the "Mob" Mentality, where the "Alpha Personality" asserts peer pressure over one or more participants and then the pyramid or dynamics, include the other participants by asserting "Peer Pressure" over the lesser Personalities. Trust and obligation is then transferred into the situation, between the assailants, through culpability, of shared responsibility by grabbing the less strong personality, within the dynamics of the attack.
Funny, I am wondering why I went to the psychology of the perpetrator's actions. Maybe it's to justify why more than one person became involved with my Rape/Assault, and how others could not only observe; but interject themselves into the act; rather than stopping it. I honestly don't know.
As I said, previously, I am not convinced that in all cases, that all Sexual Assault Assailants are of Gay Orientation. I think that regardless of our sexual orientation, we all see other people, of the same sex, and find attractive features of their personalities or other attributes that are attractive to us.
I also think that based on that; either jealousy or admittedly some feature of their physical form, attracts the interest. What ever gives the attackers the final motivation, to attack that person; varies, I believe may range from "Getting Even or Revenge," "Jealousy," and Yes Definitely to "Assert Control." I also think, based on my assertions, that some sexual attacks are not only opportunistic, but also out of experimentation, on the behalf of the attacker(s).
Now, I am not excusing Sexual Assault, or the actions of those whom commit such a horrid and devastating acts. I am merely trying to find and discuss the issue, as to find some peace and a means of finding a deeper sense of forgiveness, for my own attackers/rapists/sexual predators. I am also trying to open an interactive means of discussion, on the matter.. It is to me, as means of healing; not prompted by my Therapist or Medical advisers, or as part of my prescribed treatment plan. It just is a topic that pushed me to examine what the Gentleman above asserted, in the video.
Thank You Again for visiting.. I hope this discussion, is helpful.
I would like to suggest that if you feel like you, or someone you know is a "Victim" of Sexual Assault, or have been Raped, please reach out and don't continue to "Live in Silence," as I did for years and years. There are people out there whom care enough to want to help you, find the help you,, or your family, friend may need, to find peace.
I would also ask that if you are suffering, in Silence, and feel like you are at risk of harming yourself; Please, I mean from the bottom of my heart, please reach out.
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