It’s been long overdue, but the government has now committed itself to pledging over one million pounds to help male victims of rape and sexual violence.
In a press release published today, The Ministry of Justice announced that it would it would help to fund specialist rape support organisations across England and Wales, as part of the first ever fund to help male victims of rape and sexual violence. The fund is called The Male Rape Support Fund.
The press release tells us that:
- 1 in 10 victims of rape or attempted rape every year are men
- According to data from 2012-13, around 75,000 men are victims of sexual assault or attempted assault a year
- 9,000 men are victims of rape or attempted rape each year according to 2013 figures and;
- Police figures show fewer than 3,000 offences of male rape or sexual assault were recorded in 2013/14
12 organisations have already secured funding and the government hopes to launch a website which will be built by Survivors UK for men who have suffered rape or sexual abuse.
Do read the press release in full if you have a moment.