The Global Campaign for Men and Boys
Men and boys are the main victims of both men’s violence AND women’s violence and yet most campaigns against violence focus on women as victims and men as perpetrators. If we want to end all violence it’s essential to remember that men are also victims of violence and women are also perpetrators. Here are 10 reasons we need an international campaign to end violence against men and boys with statistics drawn from our Equality For Men eBook by Glen Poole:
1. Men and boys are the main victims of violence
The overwhelming majority of victims of violence are men and boys. 82% of people who die a violent death worldwide each year are male. In the UK, 7 out of 10 murder victims are men, with men being 7 times more likely than women to be killed by a stranger and 60% more likely to be killed by someone they know like a friend or family member.
2. War is violence against men and boys
When countries go to war men and boys are the main victims of the violence accounting or 83% of all deaths in war and conflict. The majority of the world’s 250,000 child soldiers are boys and more than 80 countries still used conscription to force men to fight and die for their country.
3. State sanctioned violence is mostly against men and boys
When governments sanction violence against their citizens men and boys are the main victims. In addition to the countries that consrcipt men into the armed forces, 89 countries permit teachers to physically punish boys and 30 countries still order corporal punishments such as public floggings, mostly against men.
4. Victims of violent crime are mostly men and boys
There are 150 acts of wounding, violence and assault committed against men and boys every hour in the UK. Men and boys are twice as likely to be victims of violent crime as women and girls and young men are four times more likely to be victims of violence than the rest of the population.
5. Male victims of domestic violence need more help and support
Research spanning over 40 years has consistently found that men represent a substantial proportion of victims who are assaulted (50%), injured (30%) or killed (25%) during a violent attack by an intimate partner. Male victims of domestic violence are less likely to get the help and support they need, being twice as likely to tell no-one about the violence and are far less likely to see their abusive partner brought to justice.
6. Male victims of sexual violence are less likely to get help
1 in 6 men and boys are victims of rape and sexual abuse male rape victims are half as likely to report the crime. Victims of female sex abusers find it even harder to get help with 86% people sexually abused by a woman saying they weren’t believed when they disclosed the abuse. Female abusers are less likely to be brought to justice. We know for example that nearly half (46%) of boys sexually abused by a parent are abused by their mums, but fewer than 5% of people on the sex offenders register are women.
7. Women who perpetrate violence are more likely to escape justice
Female perpetrators of violence and abuse are more likely to attack men and boys (than women and girls) in general and less likely to be prosecuted. Men and boys are the main victims of women’s violence in general, particularly domestic violence, child sex abuse, child maltreatment and elder abuse.
8. Unnecessary male circumcision is a form of violence against men and boys
Performing medically unnecessary surgery on girls’ genitals is recognized worldwide as a form of violence against women and girls; yet we still allow adults to painfully remove boys’ foreskins without anaesthetic and without consent. There isn’t a medical association in the world that supports the routine circumcision of boys on health grounds. Baby boys have bled to death in the UK as a result of unnecessary male circumcision, it’s time we recognized the practice as a form of violence against men and boys an take action to protect boys from this unnecessary violence.
9. Men and boys are the main victims of hate crimes
Men are around twice as likely to be the victims of hate crimes as women. Gay men, for example, account for 65% of hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK and 68% of victims of racially motivated hate crime victims are also men. Furthermore a staggering 96% of victims of racially motivated murder victims in the UK are men and boys.
10. We are collectively more tolerant of violence against men and boys
Both males and females are more tolerant of violence against men and boys on average. One British survey found that girls and boys are 10 to 15 times more likely to say it’s okay for a woman to hit her male partner for nagging or arguing than vice versa. We can only bring an end to all violence when we tackle our collective tolerance of violence against men and boys.
References for all the above statistics—and much more besides—can be found in our eBook Equality For Men by Glen Poole which you can download now for £10 via the following link:
To find out about our emerging plans to campaign on violence against men and boys see: #EndViolenceAgainstMen&Boys
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