Originally posted on May 8, 2015
According to the Greater Manchester Police, the rate of reports of male rape doubled in the last year:
Since April 2014, men have been victims of 84 incidents of rape or attempted rape, compared to 35 in the previous 12 months.
Sexual assaults on men have also risen, from 69 to 93 in the same periods.
GMP and Survivors Manchester, a group that helps men who have been raped or sexually abused, have launched a poster campaign aimed at men who have been the victims of rape, urging them to come forward and break the silence.
While the overall reported numbers are low and likely unrepresentative of the actual rate of sexual violence against men and boys, the increase in reporting shows that the problem is greater than people assume.
Most male victims of sexual violence do not report their assaults to the authorities. Most do not tell anyone at all. This increase may elude to the affects of proper outreach. My position has always been that the more men and boys know that there are services available and people who will believe them, the more they will come forward.
To aid in that Survivors Manchester created an ad campaign to raise awareness:
As part of the campaign police will be working with charity Survivors Manchester, which supports victims and encourages them to report their abuse.
Duncan Craig, a psychotherapist and head of the charity, said: “We need to work together to break the silence that surrounds the rape and sexual assault of men, so those affected can get the support they deserve.
“GMP are working hard to ensure that boys and men don’t go unnoticed and by working together, we can break the silence of the sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation of boys and men.”
As part of the campaign hard-hitting posters hard-hitting posters have been produced featuring real people, not professional models, who put themselves forward following a social media appeal for volunteers by the charity.
Detective Inspector Simpson added: “As the poster says, we’re here for you and will never judge you.”
Here is a sample of the campaign posters:
This is the type of campaign we need to see more of. This is will get the message to abused men and boys that there is help available if they want it and that they are not alone.