This week we are supporting Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week to encourage people to talk about sexual abuse and sexual violence.
We will be featuring survivors throughout the week who have opened up and spoken to someone about their experiences.
For advice and a full list of support charities and groups in your area, log onto www.thisisnotanexcuse.org.
You don’t have to tell us. Just tell someone.
Talking about male rape
We've seen a 38% increase in male victims since 2014, with 21% of male victims aged 16 or younger.
Here, one survivor talks about his experience and the support he's received -
For help and support
If you’ve been raped or sexually assaulted, no matter what the circumstances or who was involved, remember that it wasn’t your fault.
The organisations listed below give advice and support to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.
We offer medical, emotional and practical support to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, our specialist team is here for you.
0117 342 6999 (24/7, 356 days a year)
SARSAS provide information and support to all victims of rape and sexual abuse.
0808 801 0456 – women and girls helpline. Open Mondays & Fridays 11am – 2pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 6pm – 8.30pm.
0808 801 0464. Men and boys helpline. Open Monday 11am – 2pm and Tuesday 6pm – 8.30pm.
Independent sexual violence advisors are here to help you with the practical and emotional support you need to put your life back together.
Offer a specialist, free counselling and psychotherapy service to men, women and children who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse or rape at any time in their life.
0117 935 1707
Offer a confidential counselling service to men and women over the age of 16 who have experienced sexual abuse or rape. They provide a safe, accepting and supportive environment to talk about the past, enjoy the present and look forward to the future.
0117 908 7712
A guide for professionals and others to the referral pathways for rape and any kind of sexual abuse or assault in Avon and Somerset.
If you have been the victim of sexual violence, or if you know of a family member or friend who has, police would prefer to speak to you on the phone (by calling 101) or in person. However, if contacting us online is the safest way for you to get in touch, you can complete a secure online reporting form.
Important: If the rape or sexual assault has happened recently, you should contact police by dialling 999.