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First Step Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland
Supporting male survivors of sexual abuse and rape (aged 13+), and their loved ones


If you work with a man or boy (aged 13+) who has disclosed experiences of sexual abuse or rape, please talk with them about our services and consider making a referral.

Historically, male victims of sexual abuse or rape often kept their experiences of abuse or rape a secret. Whilst there is still some stigma around these experiences, things are changing. As society recognises the prevalence of the abuse of males, more men are feeling confident enough to come forward and speak out.

If someone tells you that they have been abused or experienced sexual violence it is important that you treat them with empathy, compassion and respect. Disclosure can take incredible courage. It’s important that men who disclose feel heard, believed and can talk without fear of being judged.


How to refer someone

Download and complete all information on the referral form and email

If you would like to have an informal discussion about your client’s suitability for our service before making a referral please call 0116 254 8535 or 07581 568 14.

Please ensure that you have gained informed consent from your client before making a referral.

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