Our friends at Mankind, the charity that supports men who have been raped and sexually abused, are currently looking for new counsellors to deal with a big increase in new clients in recent months.
Mankind, which operates across Sussex, has been working on a project to increase awareness of the experience of men who have been raped and sexually abused to help more men get the support they need to put their lives back together.
The charity’s expert team help men by listening to and believing their clients’ stories, helping them make sense of what happened and supporting men to bring about the change that is needed for them to live a life free from the abuse they have experienced.
This can be an exceptionally rewarding role for a counsellor who will have the opportunity to help Mankind’s clients create better futures for themselves, their families and their communities.
It is estimated that more than 1 in 7 men in the UK experience rape and sexual abuse and figures from the Ministry of Justice reveal that female victims are twice as likely to report as male victims.
Men and boys of any sexuality or social background can experience rape and sexual abuse and the perpetrators can male, female, straight and gay.
It can be extremely difficult for any man who has been raped or sexually abused to come forward and get help, and it is even more difficult in cases where the perpetrator is female.
According to Dr Michele Elliot’s report on female sex abusers, 86% of victims who tried to tell anyone were not believed the first time they told someone and shockingly sixty-five per cent of the survivors who tried to tell a professional like a therapist, doctor or teacher were not believed the first time they tried to disclose the fact that they have been abused.
If you or someone you know could help support men who have been raped and sexually abused please contact Mankind today by clicking here.