Gay,Bisexual Men and Sexual Violence
Publish Date: 20/04/2012
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation have recently been funded by the Home Office to increase our support to gay and bisexual men who have been victims of abuse and sexual violence. This news has come at exactly the right time, as we have noticed the number of men coming to us for support around these issues continues to increase.
Male sexual violence is an issue that seems to be very much a taboo, yet it is estimated that 3 in 20 men have been affected by this issue. However low reporting means that it is likely to be many more. Organisations such as The Lesbian & Gay Foundation and Survivors Manchester are now working hard at trying to change this situation, by making specialist support available to the ever-increasing number of men who are choosing to seek it.
Sexual violence is a complex issue which impacts on the lives of victims in very different ways, and for many men, can be associated with a loss of control and power. By being able to give the men we support a choice in the service they receive and when they receive it, this helps some of that power to be restored. We are also helping gay and bisexual men to better understand the issue of sexual violence and shedding some light on the myths aroun dthis issue, through our new resource: ‘A guide for gay and bisexual men who have been affected by sexual violence.
This new guide will help gay and bisexual men to understand some of the common reactions get to grips with the reporting process and navigate the services that are out there to support them. By producing this user-friendly guide, we are hoping to reach out to some of the many men who we know are suffering in silence. We are not under the illusion that we will reach everyone, as it is important that victims seek help when the time is right for them, but we are hoping that from this guide and our new business card, that we will be here for them when they need us.
So if you are reading this and you would like some support, or if you are a professional who would like to find out more, contact us on 0845 3 30 30 30 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can offer free counselling to gay and bisexual men affected by sexual violence, rape and sexual abuse.
For further support check out: http://www.survivorsmanchester.org.uk/