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Recognizing Violence and abuse


We often think of men as perpetrators of violence so we aren’t always prepared when we are the victims of it.

Many men who have sex with men experience physical violence from others because of the stigma and prejudice towards them. This violence can come from strangers but also from our loved ones too in our families and among our friends.

We can also experience abuse from our sexual relationships and our partners. This might be physical violence, sexual assault, or even emotional violence. Sometimes our sexual partners haven’t disclosed their own sexual practices to others so they threaten us or resort to violence so we will keep their secret.

Experiencing these kinds of violence is threatening to our well-being and can lead to mental health issues and even increase our risk of getting HIV.