No one deserves to be raped, whether female or male, child or adult, incarcerated prisoner or law abiding citizen roaming free. It’s just as wrong for a female to rape a male as it is for a male to rape a female regardless the age or status of the victim. Thanks to various women’s movements in recent decades and children’s rights groups, sexual assault of women and young children has rightly been highlighted in order to fight those crimes. Nevertheless, when it comes to the sexual assault of certain teen and adult males, the problem tends to be pushed aside as not important, as a young man named Sebastian Hernandez pointed out in this recent YouTube video which he did for his English final–
Recent studies seem to point to higher rates of male rape than what had been assumed because society presumes males (even in their teens) should have the capability to defend themselves in any and all situations when attacked. So it wasn’t until recently that male victims of rape (including both female-on-male and male-on-male situations) were counted in crime statistics after they objected to how they were categorized, at least in the US.
As a matter of fact, Atlanta changed their definition of rape just this year (2017) and when they did, their rape statistics doubled due to male rape victims. Believe it or not, this rape culture behavior was prophesied about at least twice in the Bible, but we tend to overlook it. The most prominent prophecy about it was when Jesus said this in Luke 17–
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot… 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
We have used this verse so often to focus on the homosexuality/gay rights aspect of this prophecy that we have forgotten that Sodom and Gomorrah were also condemned and destroyed for being a rape culture. The Canaanites were condemned partly because of this also when God commanded Israel to drive them out after he led Israel out of Egypt. Rape culture was again judged in Judges 19-20 after men from the tribe of Benjamin wanted to gang rape a young man visiting Gibeah, but they beat and raped his concubine to death instead. The other prophecy concerning condemnation of male rape culture in the end times is a parallel prophecy found in Habakkuk 2 where Habakkuk prophesied about Judah as well as about the end times when he said the following:
14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. 15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! 16 Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the Lord’s right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory.
Despite the fact the gospel would be preached to the whole world in the last days (v. 14), it was prophesied males would sexually assault other males after incapacitating them–just as in Habakkuk’s day. These verses focus on males targeting other males, but it equally condemns other rape scenarios. The Lord promises to turn the cup of his right hand of judgment against rapists, resulting in their public disgrace.
Many of us deny what fuels this rape culture, but much of it is encouraged by the popularity and prevalence of pornography, which dangerously objectifies both females and males as something to be taken advantage of, using sex as a weapon.
Sebastian Delira Hernandez, My English Final – Male Rape and Abuse, YouTube.com, June 5, 2017.
Rape definition broadened in Atlanta to include male victims, spiking crime stats, W-Man.net, June 2, 2017.
Jonathan Kim, MALE RAPE MAY BE MORE COMMON THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT, StudyBreaks.com, June 6, 2017.