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At least 1 in 6 men have had unwanted sexual experiences, including abuse and assault. 1BlueString is a campaign that asks guitarists to replace one of their six strings with a blue string to show solidarity and support.
SHARPP collaborates with student organizations, campus performance-based groups, residential hall councils, and community open mic nights to help bring increased awareness to this problem.
Click here to invite SHARPP's 1BlueString campaign to attend your open mic night, coffee house, or performance event.
The goal is to build a community of encouragement and hope for men and their loved ones, partners, family, and friends.
Here are some facts:
- Boys and men can be sexually abused. Anyone can be a victim of interpersonal violence.
- According to the CDC, one in seven men ages 18+ in the U.S. has been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in his lifetime
- According to the CDC, One in 10 men has experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
- About 1 in 14 men in the U.S. were made to penetrate (MTP) someone during their lifetime. "MTP occurs when the victim was made to, or there was an attempt to make them, sexually penetrate someone without consent as a result of physical force or when the victim is unable to consent due to being too drunk, high, or drugged, (e.g., incapacitation, lack of consciousness, or lack of awareness) from their voluntary or involuntary use of alcohol or drugs" (CDC, 2020).
- Contacting support services or seeking help after experiencing violence can be particularly challenging for men. There are unique barriers in place (myths, stereotypes, stigma, socialization, etc) that make it more difficult for men seeking support.
- A boy abused by a male is not necessarily gay, nor was he abused because he’s gay, nor can the abuse make him gay.