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VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Understanding Rape Myths: A Guide for Counselors Working With Male Survivors of Sexual Violence

Jonathan L. Bateman and Cristen Wathen


There is a present gap in the literature regarding male sexual assault (Sleath & Bull, 2010). This article incorporates the existent literature to describe male rape myths and their impact on male survivors of sexual violence. The authors discuss their prevalence in society and refute the ideologies behind them. Finally, the article discusses how these myths can impact the counseling relationship, and identifies the implications these myths pose for counselors.

Keywords: sexual assault, male sexual assault, rape myths, counseling

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