In light of the recent surge in the number of men reporting rape in the last year, Greater Manchester Police have joined forces with voluntary organisation Survivors Manchester to launch a rape campaign for men.
Between April 2014 and April 2015 the amount of incidents of rape or attempted rape reported more than doubled from 35 in the previous year to 84 in the last 12 months.
However, police suspect that there is still a large number of unreported crimes and hope that the campaign will encourage even more men to come forward.
A series of posters are being put up across Greater Manchester to encourage male victims to break the silence and report rape.
The posters feature real men rather than professional models, all of whom put themselves forward following a Facebook appeal from Survivors Manchester for volunteers.
Detective Inspector Damian Simpson from Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit said, “Rape is a difficult subject to talk about and we appreciate that coming forward is never easy.
“We know that male rape is heavily under-reported and want to reach out to men and let them know that help is available.
“As the poster says, we’re here for you and will never judge you.”
Duncan Craig, CEO and Psychotherapist from Survivors Manchester said, “We need to work together to break the silence that surrounds the rape and sexual assault of men, so those affected can get the support they deserve.
“GMP are working hard to ensure that boys and men don’t go unnoticed and by working together, we can break the silence of the sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation of boys and men.”
Survivors Manchester is a survivor-led/survivor-run voluntary organisation that aims to create a safe space for male survivors of sexual abuse and rape. Their work is concentrated on empowering men to make their own positive life choices and begin their own unique journey of healing after a traumatic and painful experience.
Follow the campaign on social media and join in the conversation using the hashtag #BreakTheSilence