Survivors West Yorkshire, who have operated since 2000, has just published a new self help guide for male victims/survivors of child sexual abuse and adult rape.
Male victimisation creates responses which are often classic examples of victim blaming and silencing - to disclose as a male victim of rape/abuse is to risk having that violation compounded by the cultural denial of such crimes against males.
A Self Help Guide for Males Who Have Been Sexually Abused (pdf, 31 pages) has been produced to let male survivors know that they are not alone. That they can help themselves - until awareness grows to the point that service provision is commissioned that addresses male victim-survivor need based on researched evidence and professionally evaluated intervention methodologies. We suggest the whole community would benefit from such provision, not just its male clients.
In the end that means prioritising hope over silencing and blaming. We hope you will support hope by championing and sharing the guide proactively in West Yorkshire in 2014.
There are also a number of resources and reports which can be found on the library of the Matrix West Yorkshire site.
If you require West Yorkshire focused information about sexual violence-abuse survivor resources for both females and males you can access at www.matrix-west-yorkshire.info or email firstname.lastname@example.org directly for advice and signposting.