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The Alliance has compiled a number of resources available for survivors, their friends and families, and professionals assisting survivors in New York City.

FAQ: If a man is raped by another man, does it mean he's gay?

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If a man is raped by another man, does it mean he's gay?

NO, again! While gay men can be raped (often by straight men), a man getting raped by another man says nothing about his sexual orientation before the assault, nor does it change his sexual orientation afterwards. Rape is primarily prompted by anger or a desire to harm, intimidate or dominate, rather than by sexual attraction or a rapist's assumption about his intended victim's sexual preference. Because of society's confusion about the role that attraction plays in sexual assault and about whether victims are responsible for provoking an assault, even heterosexual male survivors may worry that they somehow gave off "gay vibes" that the rapist picked up and acted upon. For a gay man, especially one who is not yet out of the closet, the possibility that he is broadcasting his "secret sexual identity" to others without even knowing it can be particularly upsetting.

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Denim /media/general_images//image_546_thumb.jpg DaDenim Day NYC 2011 supporters with Mayor Bloombergy
Denim /media/general_images//image_546_thumb.jpg DaDenim Day NYC 2011 supporters with Mayor Bloombergy