One in five male victims are sexually abused by women, a new study has revealed.
According to 'Spiritus Kinections' counselling services co-ordinator Dr Gary Foster, 5-10 percent of all reported rapes in any year see adult male victims.
The Brisbane counsellor explained that sexual abuse of males by females is mostly difficult to report since the crime itself is often not rendered or identified as sexual abuse.
As per the Australian Bureau of Statistics, males between the age bracket of 10-14 and also those less than 10, suffer from the highest rates of sexual assault.
The study further revealed that 70-90 percent sexually abused male victims who were assaulted, as children do not speak of it while they are one and a half times less likely than women to report the assault to the police.
"Many men have never spoken about the abuse, often trying to get by on their own and blaming themselves when things don't work out," the Couriermail quoted him as saying.
"Sometimes it's only later on when there are difficulties in a relationship or a crisis has occurred that they seek out assistance," he added.