You can be a victim of sexual violence regardless of your gender or the gender of the perpetrator. Often, male survivors feel confused about what’s happened, find it hard to understand why it’s happened to them, and/or worry about what it means to be a male survivor. These are all aspects we can support you with. All our workers are women, fully trained to be sensitive and respectful, and we understand that men who have experienced sexual violence may have unique worries or fears and face certain barriers.
You can call our Contact Line when you need to, for support, enquiries, or information. If all of our support team are in appointments on support calls, we will call you back as soon as we can. Our service is free and confidential. You decide for yourself what to tell us. You don’t have to tell us what happened if you don’t want to. If it’s easier, you can tell us about what’s going on for you that day. You might not speak to the same worker if you phone more than once, but all of our team receive training and would take it at your pace. If you don’t want to speak to us by phone, email, or text, we can provide information in a leaflet which might help. You’ll find more on our website here: /helpful-resources/support-information/
We also support men who are thinking about reporting, or who have reported, to the police (see “support through the criminal justice system” below).
If you want longer-term support, we will try to find a service to help you. This could be a phone, web-based, or face-to-face service, depending on what is available, where you live and what you would prefer.