The Me Too and Time’s Up movements mostly centered about exposing sexual abuse perpetrated by powerful men against women, at least in the mainstream context. Me Too founder and social activist Tarana Burke started the movement during the MySpace era, but it was unknowingly reused by Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano. Time’s Up began in Hollywood just like Me Too’s rebirth. Both movements helped expose the underbelly of sexual misconduct that plagued the entertainment industry, political arenas and even the arts and sciences.
As a result, dozens of famous, rich and powerful men have been ousted thanks to women brave enough to tell their stories.
But what about the men? No, not the perps. I mean what about the male victims of sexual misconduct?
Two rich and famous dudes have especially been trending for sexual crimes, director Bryan Singer and actor Kevin Spacey. The latter is facing legal repercussions after being accused of allegedly grouping an 18 year-old. Spacey’s been accused of numerous other assaults since 2017.
Bryan Singer also faces multiple accusations of sexual assault. His accusers are males.
The Sundance festival this year was rocked by two films about two powerful men, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and the King of Pop Michael Jackson. The latter was the catalyst for the film “Leaving Neverland“, a documentary detailing sexual abuse inflicted upon two boys – now adult men – by Jackson who, as we all remember, has been slapped by child molestation accusations during the latter half of his life and afterwards. (Whether they’re true or not is a subject for another day.)
As a side note, the film about Weinstein – “Untouchable” – centers on his numerous sexual assault and rape allegations and the industry’s priority to keep a lid on it.
As another side note, I’m not saying that only men can harm men in this manner. There have been cases of female sexual predators accused of preying on males, including young ones, very young ones.
There hasn’t been much talk about male victims of rape and sexual abuse. The movements and conversations largely focused on female victims. I’m not saying it’s wrong. It’s not! Still, it would be morally and factually wrong to leave out males in the issue especially if they’ve been assaulted.
Now, I’ve never been assaulted or raped by a man or woman in my lifetime, and I thank God for that. So, I’m in NO position to argue how victims should react or what they should’ve done or not done, nor do I have a right to demean them for not adequately protecting themselves based on my opinion and limited knowledge. I guess all I’m saying is that sexual crimes happen across both genders, and those victims must be heard no matter what gender they are or what gender preference they have.