Guest Post: Angel Martinez – Restoration Blog Tour Day 2
Hi Piper and thank you for inviting me into your blog house for Day 2 of the Restoration Blog Tour.
I’ll probably start each blog with a similar warning – this is not a happy, fluffy story. This is a story about a couple’s struggle to recover from sexual assault. There has been a lot of media focus in the past couple of years regarding rape and many of the socially-entrenched myths still alive and well about it, but there is less discussion concerning male rape, which comes with its own myths. For some of the posts on this blog tour, I’d like to put some of these myths out there and stake them like the vampiric monsters they are.
Myth: Only gay men rape other men.
This may be the most dangerous myth of all, since far-right extremists trot this out whenever they want to illustrate that gay men are dangerous, aggressive pedophiles. First off, let’s be clear: rape is an act of violence. It’s about power and control. It’s not about sex.
Most men who rape other men identify as heterosexual, which further supports the fact that rape is not a sexual act. Furthermore, 98% (yes, 98%) of men who rape underage boys identify as heterosexual. This is not to say that gay men don’t perpetrate rape – it merely illustrates the fact that sexual identity and sexual desire have nothing to do with it.
If you have been assaulted, please reach out. Get support. Don’t think you have to just “be normal” again to get through it. You’re not alone.
National Sexual Assault Hotline
by Angel Martinez
Victor and Cody have the American dream – a house, two cars, upwardly mobile income, and each other – but all is not well in paradise. Cody’s trust in other people’s goodwill led to one recent assault. A few months later, a friend’s betrayal leads to another. Battered every waking moment by fear and shame, all his joyful creative energy transforms into brittle, aggressive lashing out.
Victor, wracked by guilt and shackled to a grueling, time-devouring career, must find a way to help Cody back from the darkness and to keep him safe from his self-destructive behavior. With the help of a common-sense therapist, some loyal friends and Cody’s own impetuous nature, their recovery and their relationship might even stand a chance.
Please Note: This is a re-edited third addition with expanded content. (Formerly titled Aftermath)
Angel Martinez is the erotic fiction pen name of a writer of several genres who writes mainly Science Fiction and Fantasy with gay heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware, (and full time inside the author’s head) Angel has one husband, one son, two cats, a changing variety of other furred and scaled companions, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.
For more information on Angel’s work, please visit:
Website: Erotic Fiction for the Hungry Mind