Even so, as many as 1 in 6 young males will be raped or somehow abused before they reach the age of 18 years old.

Male victims of sexual assault may feel ashamed because they were overpowered or dominated, and shame may contribute to feeling of isolation and a hesitation to seek professional help.

Male survivors can experience a wide array of emotions following a sexual assault including powerlessness, depression, anxiety, shame, and fear.

They may also feel that they are "less of a man" and no longer have control over their own body.

Male survivors may feel a particular sense of disturbance from the notion that they could not protect themselves from an attack and were somehow conquered, even if the attack consisted of numerous rapists.

This can lead male victims to question their ability to be what they perceive as a "man" and question their masculinity as a whole.

This can be especially true if the victim involuntary experiences an erection or ejaculation during the rape.

However, those reactions can be the result of extreme amounts of fear and stress as well as the stimulation of the assault.

"One year ago, I locked my door and went to sleep; like we all do on any given night.

Unfortunately, this night was like no other before and was one I will never be able to forget.