A free drop-in service, aimed at male victims of rape and sexual abuse, has just been launched by a Doncaster charity.
Set up by Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service (DRASACS) and funded by the Big Lottery, this new, fortnightly service is the idea of DRASACS’s counsellor, Caren Horsfield, who has identified a distinct gap in this particular area of men’s health in Doncaster.
“One in six men in the UK have experienced rape or sexual abuse in their lives. These men have to overcome the numerous barriers that prevent them from coming forward and those barriers are often very different to those faced by women,” said Caren.
She added: “Many feel that if they’ve been abused as a child, they’ll automatically be viewed as a perpetrator. Many men have relationship issues and are frightened of getting close to their children or even having children.. I understand that men often want peer support and general socialisation with other men who feel the same as they do. The drop in provides an ideal way to do just that. This impacts hugely on their everyday lives as, over time, they become isolated and unable to cope.”
“I want to appeal to any men who have experienced rape or sexual abuse, or anyone who knows any man who identifies with any of these issues, to get in touch because we really can help to break the silence.”
For more information on the new male drop-in sessions, please visit drasacs.org.uk, call 01302 360421 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All calls and emails are treated as private and confidential.