Abuse and men and abuse by women: Many men do not report abuse rather than deal with the examination of their masculinity.They choose to "grin and bear" the abuse unless they are severely injured.
Men and Physical Abuse by Spouses or Girlfriends.
Male abuse by women? Why not? We accept the "hen-pecked man." This passive man, abused by his wife, has been the brunt of jokes and cartoons forever.
How would you guys like to don a dress and then ride a donkey backwards down the main street of your town? Everyone could line the street snickering and making fun of you.
I doubt if you would even consider it.
Yet, in medieval France, a man who had been physically abused by his wife was forced to do this so everyone could see how weak he was.
Male abuse by women: is it real?
We probably all accept the fact that both men and women can be the victim of emotional abuse. The "hen-pecked" man abused by his wife has been the brunt of jokes and cartoons forever.
Physical abuse is another story. In our society we think of women as the victims and men as the aggressors in physical abuse.
But that is not true. Equally as many, if not more, men are assaulted by their girlfriends or wives as vice versa.
A 1997 survey conducted among dating couples showed almost 30% of women admitting that they had used some form of physical aggression against their male partners within the dating cycle. This runs counter to official documentation of female abuse against men.
1. Less men report abuse. They are ashamed to report being abused by women.
2. Health care and law enforcement professionals are more likely to accept alternative explanations of abuse from a man. They will believe other reasons for the presence of bruises and other signs of injury.