We Support - Men
For a number of years we have been supporting men who are survivors of sexual abuse, childhood sexual abuse and rape, and we have seen increasing numbers of men coming forward needing support.
Men and boys of any age, race, background, size, ability or sexuality can be the victim of sexual assault. Many survivors of sexual abuse blame themselves for what happened to them, and the effects on their lives can be very serious. The cultural perception that men and boys should be strong and able to defend themselves increases the tendency for male survivors to blame themselves for what happened to them.
You are not responsible for what happened to you.
We know that men and boys may find it hard to talk to someone about what happened to them, and over the years our staff and volunteers have developed skills and experience meeting these needs.
Talking to someone in confidence about what happened can help you deal with it and move on, no matter how long ago it happened.
One of our staff members says:
Many men have an overwhelming feeling that coming into our service will not have any positive effect and can be reluctant to attend. I have repeatedly been told that they have only came to the appointment because either the police or a family member has recommended that they should “give it a try”, but the feedback we get tells a different story:
“ I didn’t think it would do me any good coming to see you yesterday, but it did. Thank you so much! Looking forward to our next appointment.”
“I have just got a new car. Without your help this would never have been possible, so thank you so much for helping me get my life back on track.”
“I have now got my life back after many years of drug-taking to block out my abuse. Through the support of both you and Arch I can now start to live. Thank you. You will never know how much you have impacted on my life, and I will miss our sessions together”
“I just wanted you to know that I have now landed myself a new job earning 20k per year”
You have the strength to recover and move forward with your life.
We have the expertise to help.