If you have a friend that is male-identified how would you support them?
Would it be any different than supporting a female-identified friend?
No, someone is still coming to you and trusting you with this life-changing thing that has happened to them. It is hard for any survivor to share their experiences with others. With a male-identified person, a different level of shame tends to be attached to the trauma. There is an extra nuance that male-identified people are supposed to be strong and unaffected by anything around them. Male-identified people are supposed to be able to deal with any situation and protect themselves from assault. The truth is that any human can be assaulted, regardless of their gender identity. If a male-identified friend comes to you with information that they have been assaulted, you should believe them. A lot of male-identified people do not come forward because of stereotypes and because when seeking assistance, they are met with more distress.
The next thing to know is to try to avoid questions about when, where or why the assault happened.
If someone trusts you with this information, you should:
Please also take note that a lot of male-identified people are scared to come forward because when they do, they are often shamed after coming forward.