In a remarkable move, the G8 group of nations agreed to address issues of sexual violence against women, children, and men. Yes, men are tacked on at the end in a way that is completely different from how people normally word that phase. It is usually “men, women, and children” or “women, men, and children.” However, at least men and boys were finally included in the discussion.
The international community, human rights organizations, and NGO have completely failed to acknowledge sexual violence against males, particularly in war-torn African countries. As I wrote about before, male victims in those countries often suffer in silence and are turned away by the existing rape crisis services. This move by the G8 may change that.
Of course, it may simply be lip service. We will have to see what happens over the next few months.