With the recent events surrounding Roger Springfield a larger topic needs to be addressed. Men who are the victims of sexual violence.
Jennifer Shaw is an advocate from Vera House. Sexual violence is just what happened here according to Shaw. She said, "Video taping someone's genitalia and buttocks, you're not getting anybody's consent. It's invading someone's privacy and it is on that spectrum of sexual violence."
One of the issues with many men who are in a position like this, is that they do not feel right speaking openly about their emotions.
Shaw went on to tell CNYCentral's Alex Resila, "Well if somebody sexually abused you maybe you're gay, or maybe the person doing the perpetration of the sexual violence is gay."
Men are not typically in this type of a scenario, so there are a lot of concerns for them when they do find themselves faced with an event like this.
Shaw says, "There is so much stigma and taboo about men who have experienced sexual violence and we have to continue to get rid of those myths."
The biggest taboo is what Shaw already said, being gay. An event like this does not make either party gay, straight or in between. That is not the issue here, but for many men that is the only issue they can think about.
In an effort to ease the pain caused in Syracuse, their Public Safety Chief, Tony Callisto, has made it clear what their reaction is, "We are reaching out directly to each of the students and offering the full range of services that are available through our student affairs division to assist those students in any way that we can."