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Donor gives UNH $162,000 for male sex abuse victims

The University of New Hampshire’s Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program has received an anonymous donation of $162,000 to be used to help male victims of abuse.

Amy Culp, interim director of the program, said male victims traditionally receive less support, despite the fact that 1 in 7 men has been a victim of sexual assault.

The money will be used to increase services to men, including outreach and direct service.

In the letter accompanying the check, the donor wrote “a growing body of literature has suggested that the ways in which we measure and define victimization largely impacts the rates of self-reported victimization, potentially leading to an underestimation of the rates of male sexual victimization.”

It continues, “Furthermore, many stereotypes exist around male sexual victimization, resulting in a lack of attention and an additional layer of stigma towards male victims.”

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