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Support for male victims

It may be difficult for men to talk about what has happened because of the common view that men should be 'strong' and able to protect themselves.

Although fewer men than women are raped and sexually assaulted, the effects are just as devastating. It has nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the attacker or the victim.

There are a number of organisations that will believe you and take you seriously. They can help make sure you:

  • are safe
  • get any medical attention you need
  • have emotional support
  • understand the legal process if you decide to go to the police

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Archway)
Phone: 0141 211 8175
Offers forensic examinations, testing for infections and emotional support. It can also store forensic samples to give you time to decide if you want to involve the police. This service is for anyone over 13 who has been raped or sexually assaulted in Greater Glasgow in the last 7 days.

Rape Crisis Scotland
Phone: National Helpline on 08088 01 03 02 (6pm to midnight, 7 days a week)
Provides a rape crisis helpline and email support for anyone affected by sexual violence. They can also put you in touch with local rape crisis centres or other services for ongoing support.

Survivors UK National Helpline web chat (for men)
Monday and Tuesday, 6pm to 9pm
Wednesday 12pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 9pm
Thursday 12pm to 2.30pm
Information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused.

Victim Support Scotland
Phone: 0800 160 1985 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm)
Provides information and support for victims of crime.

Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
0800 027 1234 (24 hour service)
Provides confidential information and support to anyone affected by forced marriage or domestic abuse.

Eighteen and Under
Phone: 0800 731 40 80 (weekdays 9am to 5pm)
Confidential support and information for anyone under the age of 18 who has experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse.

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