Hey dude wanna get drunk? Look out for rapists targeting you

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Sydney, Jan 13 (UNI) Those who thought only women need to protect themselves from sexual predators lurking around, beware.

Check the stats that reveal 44 cases of male sexual assault recorded last year making up to 16 per cent of the 273 rape cases in the city.

Health experts believe that men could be just as much of a target with hundreds of them being raped every year, many after having their drinks spiked.

Lisa Simpson of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital said the figure was just ''the tip of the iceberg''.

Around 293 cases have been recorded since 2001.

Up to 95 per cent of male victims did not report the crime to police. ''There is a huge denial about same-sex sexual assault,'' Sydney Morning Herald quoted Ms Simpson as saying.

However, men were less likely than women to seek help or report an assault.

She explained that men were vulnerable to sexual assault just as women could be. ''Rape is about people who want to dominate other human beings in a sexually aggressive way.'' ''A lot of men seem to have met their offenders at pubs or clubs or venues such as that, had a few drinks and then become aware afterwards that they had been sexually assaulted and their drinks had been spiked with drugs or alcohol,'' she said.

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