This is a really important issue. Too many times people claim that boys and men just don't get sexually abused, or that it is too rare to really be considered an issue. Just because it is not reported, does not mean it does not happen.
In this article it is mentioned that "only 22 per cent" of people using mental health services "were ever asked by staff about previous experiences of abuse. Of that rather pathetically small percentage, women patients were far more likely to be asked than men".
We need to stop abandoning our boys and men, in the mistaken belief that they are somehow less vulnerable than girls and women. Without equipping them with emotional resilience, we will continue to see boys and men deal with their emotional distress through suicide, violence, anger, substance misuse, and other harmful means.
Allow the dialogue, be open to hear what you might not want to hear, and be alert to signs of discontent