With men’s bodies becoming increasingly more exposed to the elements and climate change, men are increasingly becoming victims of unwanted and unsafe sexual contact.
A new study has found that more than one-third of men surveyed in a USA TODAY/Gallup survey said they’d experienced unwanted touching while in the privacy of their own homes.
The survey also found that men were more likely to report sexual violence against their partners than women.
“Men are increasingly vulnerable to these acts of violence and have higher rates of intimate partner violence,” said researcher Kristina R. Rafferty, PhD, associate professor of psychology at the University of Maryland and lead author of the study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
“We need to take these issues seriously, and work together to address them.”
“This study shows that the prevalence of unwanted touching, violence and violence against intimate partners has increased significantly over the last few decades,” said Rafferth, who conducted the survey with research assistant Hannah W. O’Connor.
More than half of the men surveyed said they’ve experienced unwanted contact while in their own home, with the majority of these incidents occurring in the last two weeks of the month.
About 25 percent of the survey participants said they were the victims of physical violence while in an intimate relationship, and about 25 percent said they witnessed physical violence in a romantic relationship.
“The study shows us that even as we move toward a world that embraces outdoor photography, indoor photography, and outdoor living, it’s still important for men to know their rights,” Rafferthan said.
The researchers asked men to complete a short questionnaire about their experiences in their homes.
They also asked participants to rate how often they felt safe while using the outdoors in their lives.
Men were also asked to rate the amount of time they spend outdoors in the past month.
The survey results showed that men who live in homes with two or more other people were most likely to experience unwanted touching and violence, followed by those who live with just one partner.
“Men living in homes of two or three people are more likely than men living in single-family homes to report being touched or being physically abused in an attempt to prevent unwanted touching or violence,” Raffth said.
“These types of events are much more likely when there are other people in the home and the people are close.”
“In the same way that men’s physical safety and health are at risk from the effects of climate change and habitat loss, so too are men’s safety and well-being,” Rascal said.
According to the National Alliance for Men, the average American man spends a little over two hours a day outdoors in his home.
It is estimated that roughly 2 million Americans are affected by a variety of outdoor health and safety risks, including injuries from accidents, exposure to toxic substances, sexual assault and workplace-related injuries.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says men face more than 80 types of outdoor injuries each year, including heatstroke, hypothermia, respiratory illnesses and other infections.
Rafferth said she believes the research findings highlight that men are still being victimized, even though the average outdoor exposure is decreasing.
“There is still an enormous amount of abuse that occurs,” she said.
“In our study, we asked men whether they would be willing to participate in the study if they were asked if they would feel comfortable being in a group or being alone with their partner.
Rascal said the findings may help us better understand the ways in which men are affected in the modern world.””
This indicates that men have the ability to feel safe and safe in their intimate relationships, and that their actions are not going to result in any harm,” Rattori said.
Rascal said the findings may help us better understand the ways in which men are affected in the modern world.
“We need more research to better understand why men’s health is at risk and how they can be more prepared for the future,” she added.
The study is based on more than 3,000 men who participated in the USA TODAY survey, and researchers surveyed over 1,000 more participants over the course of the last four years.
Source: The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health