Our history

The Male Survivors Partnership began as an idea in 2012 when a handful of professionals working in survivor based organisations began talking about working together for the good of male survivors.

In 2013, following the announcement of a fund that prevented organisations working specifically with males from applying, those very same professionals came together with others to lobby the government to recognise the needs of boys and men as victims/survivors of sexual offences.

The effort these individuals made resulted in many discussions with senior government officials and in 2014, the Ministry of Justice announcing the first-ever fund specifically for working with male victims/survivors – The Male Rape Support Fund, and a national awareness-raising campaign that included a specially commissioned short film made with Hollyoaks highlighting male sexual violence.

Jump to:
Key supporters
Contact us

Our member organisations are listed on our Membership page

With the dialogue now open and more organisations wanting to talk about meeting the needs of male survivors, in 2016, the CEO’s of Survivors Manchester, Safeline, and Mankind created a ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’ which would in essence, provide a central commitment by each to work together to keep the national conversation going and increase the awareness, knowledge and support to meet the needs of male victims and survivors.

Today, the Male Survivors Partnership continues to grow and has become the national umbrella agency for organisations working with boys and men affected by unwanted sexual attention, whilst recognising its duty to ensure a single point of reference exists for male survivors themselves to find national, regional and local support.

Male Survivors Partnership members are registered with Companies House, the Charity Commission or the CIC Regulator, which means those organisations have a level of legal accountability, and have signed the MSP Term’s of Reference.

Members and the partnership itself is committed to ensuring that all males, regardless of legal gender status, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, class or other protected characteristic can access support; and adhere to the ethos of supporting organisations working with girls and women rather than negating them.

The Board

The Male Survivors Partnership board has the responsibility of governing the organisation, ensuring it is acting legally, ethically and to its strategic plan. The Trustees are:

Neil Henderson

Neil Henderson

Co-Founder and Chair

Image of trustee Fiona Ellis

Fiona Ellis

Vice Chair

Neil is Chief Executive of Safeline, a specialist sexual abuse charity that helps prevent abuse and supports anyone affected by it. He spent most of his career working for Royal Mail in various executive roles and he is now using his commercial and corporate governance experience to enable Safeline to effectively protect and support more people affected by sexual abuse. In 2014, Safeline supported 1,000 individuals, in 2017, which increased to 15,000. Safeline operates the National Male Helpline and Online service which has transformed support for thousands of boys and men affected by sexual abuse.

Fiona founded Survivors in Transition (SiT) in 2009 to provide support to female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. SiT became a charity in 2011 and now supports men and women who have experienced Sexual Abuse, Violence and Exploitation in childhood.

SiT has grown from providing support to a handful of women once a week to working with hundreds of male and female survivors annually offering a range of services designed to meet individual need.

She is passionately committed to survivors’ rights and improving their access to specialist services. Fiona is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Suffolk, and has worked with the University of Suffolk on a number of groundbreaking research projects including, most recently, ‘I’ll be a survivor for the rest of my life’ in July 2018 which followed the publication of ‘Focus on Survivors: See Me, Hear Me, Believe Me’ by the University and the charity in 2015.

Mike Hartill

Siobhan we are

Siobhan Weare

Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson

Dr Mike Hartill is Reader in the Sociology of Sport within the Department of Social Sciences at Edge Hill University. He is a graduate of the University of Birmingham and the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC).

Mike has conducted research into child abuse in sport for over fifteen years. He has been particularly influential in highlighting the sexual abuse of boys within sports contexts, as well as conducting some of the earliest research into child protection and safeguarding policy within sport. Mike also developed several undergraduate modules on child protection in sport, from 2002 onwards, the first of their kind globally.

Mike has worked with a wide range of organisations in the UK such as the Rugby Football League, Street Games, Sport England, the NWG Network, the NSPCC, the Child Protection in Sport Unit and Survivors Manchester. Mike has also collaborated with many international organisations, such as the Council of Europe, the European Union, EPAS, ENGSO Youth, the national sports councils from Germany, Spain and Austria, and many universities. He has worked on a number of pan-European projects aimed at preventing abuse and sexual exploitation of children in sport. For example, within the project ‘Sport Respects Your Rights’ Mike helped to educate young people in sport, from across Europe, about the issue of sexual exploitation. This project provided a platform for young people to devise and deliver their own campaign on sexual violence in sport.

His current research – ‘Voices for Truth & Dignity’ – is a collaboration between eight European countries focused on the perspectives of those with lived experience (‘survivors’) of sexual abuse in sport and funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme. This project recently staged an international conference in Cologne where many men and women chose to speak out about their experiences and contribute to a ground-breaking research study that has also generated educational resources for the European sports community.

Mike has also been instrumental in establishing Sport England’s newly formed Advisory Panel, served by a group of men and women with lived experience of sexual abuse in sport. He serves as an academic expert for the Council of Europe programme Pro Safe Sport and the UK Men and Boys Coalition and has recently founded the research network ChiPS (Child Protection and Safeguarding), comprised of Edge Hill colleagues with experience and expertise in delivering and researching child protection.

Mike is also leading the EU-funded project CASES (Child Abuse in Sport: European Statistics) which will investigate the prevalence of sexual abuse in sport in six European countries.

Dr Siobhan Weare is a Lecturer in Law at Lancaster University Law School. She researches and lectures in the area of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. She is conducting the first study in the UK on ‘forced-to-penetrate’ cases (where a man is forced to penetrate, with his penis and without his consent, a woman’s vagina, anus, or mouth). These cases are so labelled because under current UK laws they are not recognised as rape. Her research has involved speaking to survivors about their experiences of this form of sexual violence. She has been awarded funding from the British Academy to support this work.

Her research has been published in leading international journals, including theInternational Journal of Law in Context and Archives of Sexual Behaviour. There has been extensive media coverage of her work, including by Channel 4 News, You Magazine, BBC Radio FiveLive, LBC Radio, and The Sun. Siobhan has also presented her research at events attended by the police, third sector support services, and policymakers, and has influenced policy and practice related to supporting male survivors of sexual violence.

Sam, a survivor himself, has engaged with media worldwide to share his story in a bid to encourage other men to break their silence and seek support. He has focused on challenging some of the myths surrounding male rape using his own experience to channel more progressive and forward-thinking conversations.

He has been an advisor and facilitator to a number of panels and projects in the UK, including Coronation Street on the David Platt storyline, which featured elements of his own story. Sam also participated in BAFTA nominated documentary “Raped: My Story” and last year he became an Ambassador for Survivors Manchester. Sam also contributed to and featured in the Victim Strategy which was launched earlier this year.

Key supporters

After founding our organisation and serving terms as trustees, Martyn Sullivan and Duncan Craig OBE remain closely involved with our work. While now independent from the Partnership they continue to support our activities, particularly around key developments in support for male survivors and working with national stakeholders to generate broad and lasting impact.

Duncan Craig

Duncan Craig OBE

Duncan is the founder and Chief Executive of Survivors Manchester, a third sector organisation offering therapeutic and advocacy support to boys and men affected by sexual abuse, rape, and sexual exploitation.

He began designing and developing Survivors Manchester’s services in 2009, when he identified a gap in support provision for boys and men and continues to develop new services today, most recently across the male prison estate.

As a qualified and BACP Accredited trauma-informed psychotherapist, Duncan’s personal and professional experience of sexual violation has presented him with the opportunity to be involved in a number of national inquiries, projects and forums, including The Stern Review; the National Rape Working Group; and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner on the Child Sexual Exploitation in Groups and Gangs.

He has also consulted on a number of projects, including work with male sex workers; and provided input into various media outlets including BBC Crimewatch, Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, C4 Hollyoaks – where he was storyline consultant on the John Paul rape story. More recently, Duncan was script advisor for Coronation Street on the ground-breaking David Platt rape story; and has re-joined Hollyoaks to support the development of sexual abuse in a football story.

Martyn Sullivan

Martyn Sullivan worked in the field of men and sexual abuse for over 20 years as a helpline worker, counsellor, trainer, and service manager. Originally with Survivors UK in London and then with Mankind in Brighton & Hove, he has striven to ensure that the distinct therapeutic needs of male survivors are attended to.

In 2010/11 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to investigate male survivor service provision in Australia and Canada. The findings of this were presented at the 2012 international Male Survivor conference in New York and brought about an international network of service providers. This became a catalyst for the formation of the MSP in the UK.

Our Team

Contact Us

Male Survivors helpline:
0808 800 5005

Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 8am – 8pm
Wednesday 9am – 5pm
Thursday 8am – 8pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 2pm


Membership enquires, press/media, or to contact a member of the team, please email hello@malesurvivor.co.uk.

Social Media


(Registered Office)
Male Survivors Partnership
c/o Safeline
6a New Street
Warwick, CV34 4RX