Thames Valley – Support for men

Support for men who have experienced
rape and sexual assault

 

What is rape and sexual assault?
Rape and sexual assault covers any type of sexual act that occurs without your consent. Rape and sexual assault is usually, but not always, carried out by someone you know; a partner, boyfriend, friend, colleague or other family member.

You may feel that you were responsible for what happened, or may have been told the unwanted sexual activity was ‘your fault’. Remember: if you experience rape or sexual assault, it is never your fault. We believe you, and we are here to listen.

 

Talking about your experiences
We understand that men may find it difficult to disclose that they have experienced violence or abuse. Some men report feeling embarrassed or ashamed, and may feel anxious when discussing their experiences.

At Refuge, we believe that everybody has the right to a life free from violence. Our professional staff are highly trained to work with everyone, including heterosexual, gay, bisexual and transgender men. Our service is here to support anyone who is experiencing abuse, and encourages everyone to get in touch, regardless of their gender, background, age, career, race or sexuality.

 

What support is available from our service?
At Refuge, we understand that everyone’s needs are unique – whether you just need to talk, or require more practical information. Our service can support you to:

  • Talk to someone who understands what you are going through
  • Access support to contact the police and legal advice
  • Receive support if you are considering going to court
  • Move away from your local area
  • Go to a sexual health clinic for practical advice around sexual transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Stay at home, but want to find out how you can keep safe
    Manage your financial situation
  • Find out about other support networks in your local area

Our specialist service for 16 – 21 years olds

We provide a bespoke service to young people aged 16-21 years old. We link up with appropriate wider services in Thames Valley to ensure you receive the support you need. We can also offer one-to-one sessions at a time which works for you, in a safe location.

 

The Thames Valley service can be contacted by phone or email. Our telephone is open from 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday. If you are unable to reach us, please leave a message, let us know when would be a good time to call, and we will call you back:

 

0800 221 8186

or email

isvathamesvalley@refuge.org.uk

 

In an emergency, always call 999