Men should support and care for victims of sexual assault

Justin Holcomb explains the “common misconception is that sexual assault is just a “women’s issue” and up to them to solve.”

Men are not just perpetrators or possible offenders, but they can be a huge asset in supporting and caring for victims both female and male. The more informed men are regarding sexual assault, the better. Because sexual assault is a form of victimization that is particularly stigmatized, many victims suffer in silence, which only intensifies their distress and disgrace. There appears to be a societal impulse to blame traumatized individuals for their suffering.

More men, especially pastors, need to understand the specific pain and suffering that comes from sexual assault so they can respond in ways that are biblical, compassionate, and informed.