Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

In the past 20 years the nation's average of male domestic violence victims has increased from 1 in 10 to 1 in every 7 males that will be victimized sometime in their lives. This is shocking to most because it's common to believe that only a woman could be a victim.

Acknowledgment and acceptance for the LGTBQ community is an important component to the rising numbers of male victims of domestic violence. The recognition of this has not only given a stronger chance for a male to become a victim but for the reporting of the abuse to authorities to be taken seriously.

Males have typically been portrayed with an image of being a strong powerful leader that never shows weakness. The problem with this so-called “image” that males have to live up to is that it gives them little opportunity to be human. Humans have feelings and get hurt on a daily basis. Changing our mindset will help society understand that males can be victims of domestic violence as well. We could give them the same opportunities for resources and services to programs that are available for women.

Haley Valenzuela

Washington, Washington County