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Guest Blog: Bassduckfresh (Sam Thompson)

Last year in early September my life changed. It took me to a place that I had never been before and hopefully will never have to return. I was raped. I’d not long moved to Manchester with my then girlfriend. We were just beginning to get settled into our new home and to begin our […]

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CEO Blog: A Challenging Question

We often get asked a very emotive and difficult question here at Survivors Manchester “What are you doing to stop sexual offending?” or “How are you helping to ensure further victims and survivors are safe?” I find it a really hard and challenging question to answer, because like most people, it brings about an instant […]

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Guest Blog: Hey Mr DJ

Last year whilst on a night out in Manchester I was raped. This as i’m sure you can imagine flipped the world I knew upside down. I found myself having to deal with what I can only describe as the worst thing imaginable and if it wasn’t for my friends, family and Survivors Manchester I […]

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Goodbye Tony and Thank You

As dawn breaks on 4th May in Greater Manchester, hundreds and thousands will be heasing to the polling station to make their mark in voting for the new Mayor of Greater Manchester and with it, say who will take on the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner. Since 2012, Greater Manchester has had a Police […]

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CEO Blog: I Hope We Know #ItsNotOK

As we come to the end of the #ItsNotOK Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (6 – 12 Feb), I thought it was a good time to put pen to paper and talk about awareness. This years awareness week had the hashtag #ItsNotOK and whilst I hope we all know its not ok to sexually abuse someone […]

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Guest Blog: Angelo’s Testimony

For our first blog of 2017, we are starting the year as we mean to go on and make male survivors the centre to our work. In this months blog, Portugese born Angelos breaks his silence and shows just how far you can go in healing. My Testimony When I first disclosed and asked Survivors […]

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Guest Blog: Andy on World Aids Day 2016

For World Aids Day 2016, we have handed over our blog to Andy from Manchester. This is his personal and powerful journey. My Journey – From Victim to Survivor Hi, I’m Andy. In 1998 I was raped, in Manchester. It’s my personal choice to speak out, this is my personal journey told with complete honesty […]

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Chief Executive Blog – Pride 2016

22 years ago, I attended my very first Manchester Pride as a terrified young man wondering what it was all about. Back then it wasn’t even known as Pride, I remembet one year, possibly the second year I went was called Ab Fab Weekend, then Mardi Gras, then Pride. Back then, as well as the […]

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#UKSNM: Jonathan’s Blog

What are you supposed to think when as a kid or young man you’ve been sexually abused and you get a hard on? What if you were turned on by what happened or you even ejaculated? What are you supposed to think then? Well these questions come up again and again with the men I […]

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#UKSNM Ian’s Blog

Ever had that feeling of being ‘sick to the stomach’ with worry, or so scared ‘I nearly shit myself!’??? Well these are ways in which your body actually responds to some of life’s experiences you may have had. These are your body’s normal responses to demands or threats to your survival. It’s the body’s natural […]

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#UKSNM Tom’s Blog

There is an established and well documented wall of silence and secrecy associated with sexual abuse. The powerful and destructive emotional processes of guilt, shame, self-blame and fear of being believed all play significant roles in maintaining this silence, whilst organisations such as Survivors Manchester strive to assist men in breaking their own silence and […]

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#UKSNM: Trevor’s Blog

My name’s Trevor, and I’m the Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) at Survivors Manchester. My work involves supporting men and boys who have experienced sexual violence, both in childhood and as adults, who are weighting up their options regarding reporting to the police. As a survivor of sexual abuse myself, I recognise that considering reporting […]

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#UKSNM Duncan’s Blog

Today is a special day for us. Those fab people at UK Says No More are dedicating a whole week to highlighting support to male survivors of sexual and domestic abuse and today is our dedication day… A whole day to us and we couldnt be happier. The week has seen promotion of and social […]

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Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

As we wake up to the news that Justice Lowell Goddard has resigned from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse; as Twitter goes into meltdown at the news of this; and as the media whips everyone into a frenzy with theories about why she is now the third inquiry head to go, many of […]

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Review: Stalking the Bogeyman

After reading so much about Markus Potter and David Holthouse’s play, Stalking the Bogeyman, and seeing the impressive reviews for this London production, I must admit I was nervous that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations… something I think that is part of my legacy as a survivor, living up to expectations. I needed […]

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Open Letter to Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP

Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP Westminster Office House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA 15 July 2016 To Rt Hon Mrs Leadsom MP, I take time today to write to you with a heavy heart having just read the comments it is alleged you made in an interview with The Times where you are to have […]

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Chief Executive Blog: Men’s Health Week 2016

I’ve always been a big supporter of Men’s Health Week, being a man and all that. But this years theme is extra pertinent to me – How to Beat Stress! Its a word we throw around willy nilly but for many people, stress is debilitating and life threatening. We need to tackle this head on. […]

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Guest Blog: Paul Remmer

We were all really proud to be able to present to you, our website readers with our newest guest blogger, Paul Remmer, who has written his story. We’re really proud of you Paul – Survivors Manchester. “Growing up Being a Victim” After the assault the abuser said he would get me in my sleep, those […]

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Guest Blog: Tom Leavesley

An Open Letter to Stephen Fry Hi Stephen, You don’t know me but I heard your interview with Dave Rubin and I’ve got to ask, what’s going on? You said some really awful things and I’m gutted. I have so many happy memories of you making me laugh over the years, the way you poked […]

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Blog: Tom Taylor on Service Development

As Survivors Manchester begins 2016 as an official ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT) compliant service, there is much to feel positive and excited about. However our Clinical Lead, Tom Taylor, argues that there is also a need for caution when working within externally standardised systems and protocols, particularly with those that often are deemed […]

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