Male Victim Sexual Abuse Campaign
Sexual assault & abuse - we're here to listen
West Yorkshire Police has worked with Victim Support and the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner in launching a new campaign aimed at encouraging male victims of sexual assault to come forward.
While it is important that any victims of sexual assault report the crime and seek support, it is believed that offences against males are particularly under-reported.
This new campaign aims to highlight that male victims are not alone, that there should be no stigma or fear in talking about what has happened to them and that by doing so they can access a wide range of support.
Offences against male victims account for around 15 per cent of the sexual offences reported to West Yorkshire Police.
Assistant Chief Constable Catherine Hankinson said:
“The important thing that any victim of sexual assault should know is that it is not their fault. It doesn’t matter whether you are in a relationship with the perpetrator, whether they are someone you know, whether they are a stranger; if you haven’t consented to a sexual act then it is an offence.
“Being a victim of a sexual offence can have long term effects on your physical and mental health as well as your ability to form and maintain relationships. Please don’t suffer alone. There is help available, including organisations who specifically work with male victims.
“If you have been a victim of sexual assault, either recently or in the past, then we would encourage you to report it to us so that we can investigate it and look to take action against the person responsible. I would stress though that you can still access support without having to speak to the police.”
Alisha Thomas, from Victim Support, said: “We are pleased to be part of the West Yorkshire male victim/survivors campaign highlighting the needs of male victims that are experiencing or have experienced sexual violence.
“Victim Support’s ISVA service is an accredited male service that supports men and boys alongside women and girls. We understand the fundamental differences and have incorporated that into our way of working.
“This campaign will hopefully highlight that it is ok to talk and seek help when it’s the right time for you.
“Reporting to the police is a huge step and we recognise that it is not always what survivors want to do. Victim Support will support you whether or not you choose to report to the police and make sure you are given as much information as you need.”
No matter who you are , or when it happened, we are here for you.
Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said:
“This campaign was informed by a host of partner agencies and really importantly, victims themselves. Our aim is to increase the confidence of male victims of sexual abuse, and all victims, to come forward. You will be heard, you will be listened to and you will be supported.
“I pledged to put victims first and have further developed and commissioned Victim Support to provide core support to people harmed by crime (including those aged 18 and under) in West Yorkshire. I also recently launched a Victims Strategy and I am working with partners to create a purpose built Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for the whole of the county.
“The centre is due to open in the Spring and will house court live-link facilities, vulnerable victims suites for video recorded interviews (VVS/VRI), a hub/base for specialist support services as required, and access or referral to Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) taking these services to a new level.
“We will continue to work together to target offenders, give victims the confidence to come forward and make all forms of sexual abuse and violence unacceptable.”
In the below video a man harmed by sexual abuse in West Yorkshire talks about his experience
- West Yorkshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre
Call: 01924 298954
- Breaking the Silence West Yorkshire
A counselling service for male victims and survivors of sexual abuse from Asian origin communities throughout West Yorkshire.
Call: 01274 497535. Open 3pm-8pm Monday to Thursday
Email: [email protected]
- Ben’s Place
Specialist support for male sexual abuse survivors
- Andy’s Man Club
Real, non-judgemental talking groups for men
Email: [email protected]
- Kirklees & Calderdale Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre
Call: 01484 450040
Text: 07983 628227
If you need someone to talk to, Samaritans will listen
Call: 116 123. Free helpline, open 24/7
Email: [email protected] - response time 24 hours
- West Yorkshire Police
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