An estimated 84,000 men, boys and non-binary people are raped, sexually abused or sexually assaulted in the UK every year. Of those, only 4% will tell anyone what happened at any time in their life, and it takes an average of 26 years to do that.
Men who have been impacted by sexual violence are more likely to experience serious mental health problems than those who haven’t. This can include symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and suicidal thoughts/attempts. It can also lead to problems with intimate relationships, low achievement at school or work, and a risk of developing negative coping strategies such as alcoholism and drug abuse.
Sexual violence is as harmful to men and boys as it is to women and girls – but stigma, shame, vulnerability and inaccessible services can all create barriers to getting the help they need.
Male survivors of sexual violence may feel isolated, disempowered and often struggle to find support.
CRASAC provides specialist services to men and boys as well as women and girls in Coventry. Whether you are in the process of reporting an assault to the police or looking for trauma informed counselling in a safe and confidential space, we are here to help.
Our lines are open Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 3pm on 024 7627 7777 for advice or you can make a referral.
Useful support services
SurvivorsUK – A national support network for men, boys and non-binary people.
1in6 – a collaboration of organisations who offer support services to men who have been affected by unwanted sexual experiences.
National Male Survivor Helpline – A dedicated service for men and boys in England and Wales affected by sexual violence and abuse and those who support them.