Evidence suggests that there are over 9, 000 male victims of rape, or attempted rape, each year. That’s 12% of all rape victims. Yet we know it is common for men not to come forward or to take years to report being a victim of this crime because they fear not being believed, feel alone and worry people will blame them for what’s happened.
Male rape only became a crime in England and Wales in 1994. Since then awareness of this crime has grown and recently popular soap Hollyoaks included a controversial storyline on male rape. Yet male rape and sexual abuse still remains a largely taboo issue.
Rape and sexual abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, culture or social status – and living with the consequences of rape and sexual abuse can be devastating.
The Ministry of Justice believes that all survivors, boys and girls, men and women are entitled to receive the best possible response to their needs whether or not they choose to report. We provide funds to help all victims of sexual violence, and are keen to support work to raise awareness of these difficult to report crimes.
At the Ministry of Justice, we’re working closely with charities including The Survivors Trust, Survivors Manchester, Mankind, First Step and Survivors UK to help raise awareness of male rape and sexual abuse, and will be running the #breakthesilence awareness raising campaign on 13 February 2014. This is aimed at helping men who have been victims of sexual abuse, whether as a child or an adult to come forward and get the support they deserve.
Sign up today by clicking here https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/8868-help-break-the-silence and show your commitment to #breakthesilence
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