Male Survivors

A new body has been created to support the development of male survivors of sexual violence charities across the UK.

The Male Survivors Partnership will develop quality standards for the support of men who are victims of sexual violence, and work with 10 organisation across the UK to develop their work.

The partnership is founded by Survivors Manchester, Mankind UK, Safeline, Survivors UK and First Step Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

It has been granted £85,000 from the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales to work alongside Lime Culture Community Interest Company, a leading national sexual violence training and development organisation.

Stephanie Reardon, joint chief executive at Lime Culture, said: “This is a really exciting step forward for support services working with males who have experienced sexual violence”.

“With this funding, we will be doing a comprehensive review of existing service standards from around the world, consulting with experts in the field and listening to the views of males who have accessed support about what works. This will result in an agreed framework for services supporting males that will be rolled out across the UK.

“For males who have experienced sexual violence these new standards and the accreditation process that goes with them, will give a layer of reassurance about the quality of the services they are accessing at a time when they are feeling most vulnerable. They will have the knowledge that they will receive a nationally approved level of care and support – something they haven’t previously had.”

First Step Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are also a part of this partnership.

Source: Third Force News

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