Male victims of rape and sexual abuse need support

18/05/15 . Blog

Shock cut to grant for Survivors UK counselling service reduces London funding to £0.

The Men's Health Forum is backing Survivors UK's campaign calling on the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to recognise and support male victims of rape and sexual abuse and to appropriately and proportionately fund services that support them to heal and recover from their experiences.

Survivors UK is running a petition in support of their campaign, it highlights:

The rape and sexual abuse of men and boys is one of the least recognised, discussed or reported crimes in our society.  Despite this stigma, more men in London are coming forward to report sexual assaults and taking the courageous step of asking for help:

  • In 2014, in London, 307 men reported being raped to the Metropolitan Police – an increase of 120% over 2012 figures
  • In 2014, in London, 518 men reported experiencing a serious sexual assault to the Metropolitan Police – an increase of 80% over 2012 figures
  • In 2014, in London, 20%+ of all reports of serious sexual crimes were against men
  • In London, in 2014, it is estimated that there are more than 300,000 adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • In 2014, in London, The Mayor spent £1,292,666 providing specialist support services for victims of sexual assault in London.
  • Of that, £32,666 (2.5%) was spent on specialist services supporting men and boys.

Support Survivors UK's campaign.

The Men's Health Forum's Men's Health Manifesto calls for action to tackle under-reporting, stigma and discrimination against male victims of sexual violation.

The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. Especially during a major pandemic like Covid-19. So we’re asking.

Men appear more likely to get Covid-19 and far, far more likely to die from it. The Men's Health Forum are working hard pushing for more action on this from government, from health professionals and from all of us. Why are men more affected and what can we do about it? We need the data. We need the research. We need the action. Currently we're the only UK charity doing this - please help us.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.

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