Male Rape Victim 's Perspective Of Dean Eastmond Essay

1418 Words Nov 30th, 2016 6 Pages
The second case study that will be discussed is a male rape victim’s perspective of Dean Eastmond and how this will be relevant to the labelling theory and stigmatisation. Eastmond was 16 years-old at the time, invited his friend to his parent’s home to grab a quick lunch or to chat for an hour or so. However, Eastmond realised the friend he thought was friendly, became too distant. Unfortunately, Eastmond was raped and initially at the time, Eastmond was a closet homosexual. This was his first sexual experience and his virginity was taken. The perpetrator is anonymous and got away with the crime. Eastmond did not report his rape case, because he felt that victims are not taken seriously and he thought that he would ‘be viewed as a criminal’. As well as, being feared of being outed as gay (BBC and Kelsey, 2016).

Male rape victims are less likely to report their crime for various reasons. As mentioned by Groth and Burgess (1980), male rape myths stems from the traditional viewpoint of masculinity that most men are supposed to be strong, sexually dominant and requires to be mainly heterosexual. Thus, leading victims to believe that men cannot be raped and the effect of sexual assault should be miniscule for a man than it is for a woman (Carpenter, 2009; Groth and Burgess, 1980: p. 808). In accordance to Mezey and King (1989), male rape victims that do report their crime are treated differently by the police and they find themselves being completely ignored, questioned as…

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