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Here you will find information from MSP that we would like to share with our members, as well as information members would like to share with each other. Information is updated weekly on Friday’s. If you would like a notice added to the website, either use the “submit post” option below. Alternatively, please send details to tania@malesurvivor.co.uk

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Anti-Rape Demonstration

An Anti-Rape Demonstration will take place in Dumfries’ High St. on Saturday 9th July at 1pm.

 

Your group, and anyone else you know who may be interested, or has been affected by rape, sexual assault, harassment or violence, are invited to attend.

 

– If anyone from Male Survivor members would be interested in speaking at this event, especially about its vital and important work, and to help educate people that anyone of any gender can be raped, then please get in touch / feel free to volunteer on the day. Survivors, allies, gender equality charities, and groups supporting survivors are extremely welcome to speak, and we especially welcome speakers from refugee / disability / working class / LGBT+ / BIPOC groups.

 

For those that transport may be a barrier to attending: reply to this email with your needs and we will try and arrange transport so that all who want to attend on the day, can.

 

Or, if you or your group is able to, we strongly encourage people to organise coaches, mini buses, car sharing, or travelling in groups together on public transport. (This is so that people can feel safer travelling to this event / safer to wear whatever they want and/or bring placards with them to the demonstration).

 

As this is a non-violent action to help educate people, if your group has any educational leaflets you would like to be distributed during the demo, please bring some with you and/or send a digital version to this address with permission to print and distribute on the day.

 

The international protest song ‘Un violador en tu camino / A rapist in your path’ (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSHUS2lehOY) – will be performed on the day. You are encouraged to learn the lyrics and steps to participate in the demo (in whatever language you prefer; all languages welcome).

 

Feel free to pass this on to anyone you think might be interested / want to attend, and feel free to print out and share the attached image. (For online sharing please use the hashtag #endrapeculturedumfries).

 

In hope and solidarity,

 

Dumfries’ Anti-Rape Group

Agency:
Dumfries' Anti-Rape Group
Area:
scotland
Contact:
Email:

Category | information-exchange

Trainer Christiane Sanderson : Narcissistic Injuries, Neglect & Relational Trauma

As therapists, we have all come across clients who show characteristic narcissistic traits – a grandiose sense of self-importance, arrogance, compulsive narcissistic displays and a sense of entitlement and yet, in some instances they may exhibit an extremely famished sense of self and almost boundless hunger for mirroring that can only be assuaged or soothed through the attention and validation from others. Thanks to the contributions of Heinz Kohut, there is greater understanding that such manifestations are representative of narcissistic injuries – the development of narcissistic traits that co-existed with impaired attachment in childhood, leading to deficits in the structure of the self.

Narcissistic injuries are primarily attributable to unmet mirroring needs in childhood and lack of empathic attunement, or due to severe traumatisation, abuse or neglect. Such injuries can also occur as a result of relational trauma in which a child is excessively idealised and not seen or accepted for who they are; but seen as an extension of the primary caregiver. It is imperative for therapists to fully comprehend the underlying dynamics of narcissistic injuries, so they can effectively interpret the apparently contradictory behaviours of such clients. We need a better understanding of the linkages between relational trauma, unmet mirroring needs and expressed narcissistic traits – so we can remain empathic when working with narcissism and provide a non-shaming therapeutic space.

This practical, online webinar which will be useful for psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists across modalities, specifically discusses the following:

  • Can relational trauma induce narcissism? What are the underlying dynamics that we need to comprehend?
  • How can we conceptualise narcissism on a spectrum, ranging from domineering and extroverted to introverted and neurotic?
  • The linkages between narcissism and narcissistic injuries to early childhood trauma, neglect and relational trauma (as explained through Kohut’s Self Psychology)
  • The key distinctions between healthy narcissism and dysfunctional narcissism – including the traits we need to be able to identify
  • The role of shame and dissociation in the development of narcissism and the implications this has for the therapeutic relationship

The Day

The online training is taking place on Friday 8th April 2022 from 9.30am – 4.00pm via zoom. The cost is £65 per person, concessions available for group bookings of 5 or more people. Please email training@starsdorset.org for details.

 

Biography

Christiane Sanderson is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton. . With over 30  years’ experience working with survivors of  childhood  sexual abuse interpersonal trauma and domestic abuse. She has run consultancy and training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, the NSPCC and the Refugee Council and in prisons.  She is the author of  Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma:  Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse,   Introduction of Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma,  Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse,  Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse 3rdEdition,  The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse all published by  Jessica Kingsley Publishers and   The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Childhood Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence,   The Spirit Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Religious Sexual Abuse Across All Faiths, Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A   pocket guide for professionals, partners, families and friends and   Numbing the Pain: A pocket guide for professionals supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse and addiction all published by One in Four

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Agency:
Stars Dorset
Area:
south-west
Contact:
Helen Stevens
Email:
helen.stevens@starsdorset.org

Category | job-vacancy

Recruitment Page for members

We are offering our members, the opportunity to advertise their job vacancies for free on our website.  In addition to this, we will tweet and add your advert to our FB page.

If you have a current or future advertisement, please complete the attached form and return to tania@malesurvivor.co.uk

Agency:
MSP
Area:
national
Contact:
Tania Woodgate
Email:
tania@malesurvivor.co.uk
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Category | information-exchange

Are worried about your own or staff burnout?

 

Hello!

I’m Bex and I’m the founder of The Anti-Burnout Club, a social enterprise focused on reducing stress and burnout, and improving overall wellbeing.

I’m reaching out today because we have recently had an influx of charity workers and volunteers using our services and I wanted to let you know about the free wellbeing resources we provide so that you can share them with your team.

We have created a dedicated hub for charities here, including a free downloadable wellbeing pack, free talks and workshops, and more.

I really hope this is helpful and please do reach out if you need anything specific.

Wishing you all the best – and thank you for all you do.

Kind regards,

Bex

Agency:
The Burnout Club
Area:
national
Contact:
Bex Spiller
Email:
bex@theburnoutclub.com

Category | event

Tackling Image-Based Sexual Abuse : Supporting Victims & Working to Improve Criminal Justice Responses

 

Dear Duncan ,

 

Public Policy Exchange will be hosting a webinar on Tackling Image-Based Sexual Abuse: Supporting Victims and Working to Improve Criminal Justice Responses which will take place on  Tuesday, May 10th 2022 between 9:30 AM — 1:00 PM.

I wanted to get in touch as I felt this is a topic could be relevant for you and your colleagues.

Overview

According to Refuge’s recent report, ‘The Naked Threat’, 1 in 14 adults have experienced threats to share intimate images in England and Wales, rising to 1 in 7 among young women. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a surge in incidents of image-based abuse, with the revenge porn helpline reporting its busiest year on record in 2020. This was particularly evident in the first lockdown, as the helpline saw cases almost double in April 2020 in comparison to the same month in 2019, increasing from 122 to 242. Refuge’s research has also found that 83% of women who experienced such threats from a current or former partner have also experienced other forms of abuse, situating image-based abuse within the broader context of violence against women and girls (VAWG).

In 2015, ‘revenge pornography’, the disclosure of private sexual photographs and films without consent and with intent to cause distress, was made a criminal offence under section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. The Government also set up the Revenge Porn Helpline in February 2015, funded by the Home Office, with the aim of supporting victims. The Domestic Abuse Act 2021, amended section 33 so as to include threats to disclose images without consent, with the intention to cause distress. The Law Commission is currently undertaking a review of the existing criminal law as it relates to taking, making and sharing intimate images without consent, provisionally proposing that four offences be established. This would include a base offence prohibiting the taking or sharing of intimate images without consent, sharing with the intention to humiliate, alarm or distress the person, or for sexual gratification, and finally an offence of threatening to share such images.

However, many have called for more to be done to protect victims of image-based abuse. Campaign group #NotYourPorn have warned against a narrow view of such abuse, raising awareness of instances of ‘revenge porn’ in which the intent is not to cause distress, but rather is done without the intention of the survivor ever finding out. As such, there have been calls for more to be done to target the rise of ‘collector culture’, in which intimate images of women are posted, collated and traded. Additionally, End Violence Against Women have called upon the government to give greater attention to the online abuse of women and girls in the upcoming Online Safety Bill, asking that the issue be explicitly named in legislation and that social media platforms be required to take action in this area. Refuge have also warned against legislation that requires proof of intent with regard to the sharing of intimate images, due to the varied and overlapping nature of such motivations and the difficulty of proving this in court.

This symposium will provide an invaluable opportunity for key stakeholders to review existing legislation and discuss further ways to tackle and deter image based sexual abuse. Delegates will also explore methods to raise awareness of the harms of such abuse and develop strategies to support survivors..

Programme

  • Understand and tackle links between image-based sexual abuse and other forms of domestic abuse
  • Assess the impact of Covid-19 on incidences of image-based sexual abuse and explore strategies to mitigate these effects
  • Address anonymity-related issues and ensure victims are able to identify and report crimes easily
  • Analyse existing legislation surrounding image-based sexual abuse and discuss opportunities for further legislative reform
  • Examine measures to strengthen the response of law enforcement agencies and raise awareness of revenge porn within the police
  • Understand how to support victims of revenge porn, provide legal advice, and streamline access to counselling services
  • Scrutinise the role for social media companies and internet service providers in developing robust measures to accelerate the removal revenge porn
  • Investigate the responsibility of media groups in sensitively reporting on revenge porn cases
  • Discuss ways schools can engage with young people to promote respect, strengthen understanding of consent, and outline the risks associated with  sharing intimate material
  • Discuss parental awareness of online risks, equipping guardians with the knowledge, skills and confidence to exercise control and protect children online
  • Share examples of effective partnership working between local authorities, police, schools and community groups in developing innovative safeguarding solutions

If you or your colleagues would like to attend this webinar, please fill in your details in the attached registration form and send it back to me ; I will confirm your place(s) and drop you an email with all the details shortly.

Sheila Ramkissoon

Agency:
Public Policy Exchange
Area:
national
Contact:
Sheila Ramkissoon
Email:
trainings@publicpolicyexchange.co.uk

Category | job-vacancy

Job Vacancy Opportunity – Police and Justice Lead

Recruitment Opportunity NWG Police and Justice Lead

We are seeking applications from candidates who are committed to stopping child exploitation and are able to support professionals across the UK to improve the national response to these issues. Successful candidates will be well informed on aspects of child sexual and criminal exploitation, child protection frameworks and the links to missing, modern slavery and human trafficking and will have experience of engaging and working with voluntary and statutory partners to ensure multi-agency responses are adopted.

Successful candidates’ skills and knowledge are likely to have been developed over multiple years of experience working within the field of child sexual exploitation or child protection and to have a good record of motivating change which is child and young person focused.

The role will suit ex-police officers working in the field of Child Exploitation.

Please click this link NWG Exploitation Response Unit Police Justice Lead JD to access the job description for this role.

Please apply in writing by 5 pm on Friday the 18th of March 2022, by sending a current CV and covering letter to Matt@nwgnetwork.org Should you have any enquiries, please contact Matt Thompson Matt@nwgnetwork.org

Your covering letter should provide evidence to demonstrate how well you meet each of the competencies described in the job description in the order given. Interviews will take place on the 30th of March 2022.

Agency:
NWG
Area:
national
Contact:
Matt Thompson
Email:
Matt@nwgnetwork.org

Category | event

Seeking Research Participants – University of Central Lancashire

Understanding Child Sexual and Criminal Exploitation within the  Context  of Organised Criminal Networks: Attending to the Motivations and Modus Operandi of Perpetrators

Participants are required for a research project exploring the motivations and modus operandi of child sexual and criminal exploitation network-based perpetrators; including group dynamics. As well as obtaining views on disruption strategies.

The project is looking to recruit those who work as operational staff working within the field of child sexual or criminal exploitation targeting (for a minimum of 2 years) or academics with specialisms in child sexual or criminal exploitation (who have published a minimum of 2 peer-reviewed articles in an academic journal).

The research also requires participants to currently hold their role, as the survey will ask questions on present experience.

If you meet this criterion and wish to take part, you will be required to complete a survey comprising of five questionnaires, which should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. For further information and to access the survey, please click on the link below.

https://checkpoint.url-protection.com/v1/url?o=https%3A//uclan.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bJU8o2Se7vavbyC%26nbsp%3B&g=YzVjYWQ1MTEzMjMxNzQ2Zg==&h=N2FhZGMzNDhiNDYzZTZlYjZlM2RkNjgzNzA0N2UxN2Y0Mjk2NDA2ODcwZjRmOTYxMTFmMzFiZTIyNDNmOTE1OA==&p=Y3AxZTp1Y2xhbmxpdmU6Y2hlY2twb2ludDpvZmZpY2UzNjVfZW1haWxzX2VtYWlsOjEyOTZlNjg1Y2Q5MmNmNTM2MjA4OGNkMDczMjAzZTdlOnYx

Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you. If you have any questions regarding this study please email Samual at SDCharman@uclan.ac.uk

Agency:
University of Central Lancashire
Area:
national
Contact:
Samual Charman
Email:
SDCharman@uclan.ac.uk

Category | information-exchange

New Guide Launched to help Child support workers

Half a million children are estimated to experience some form of sexual abuse each year, yet research indicates only around one in eight cases of child sexual abuse ever reach statutory services’ attention. This week we launched our latest practice resource: Communicating with Children, a guide to support people who work with children to develop their knowledge and understanding about why children find it so hard to talk about child sexual abuse and to build skills and confidence in preparing for and supporting children to have these conversations when there are concerns.

https://www.csacentre.org.uk/knowledge-in-practice/practice-improvement/communicating-with-children-guide/

Agency:
Area:
national
Contact:
The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse
Email:

Category | project

Seeking Research Participants – Oxford University

 

If you have anyone in mind who would like to help Oxford University, please share the following link with them https://psychiatryoxford.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eguAOBI2hRvB4aO

Agency:
Area:
national
Contact:
Oxford University
Email:

Category | job-vacancy

Job Vacancy – Mankind – Facilitators


Mankind UK are recruiting!

Since 2000 Mankind UK (www.mkcharity.org) has delivered therapeutic services to men 18+ in Sussex who have experienced sexual assault or abuse. We offer:

  • online self help resources via 1in6.uk
  • 24 weeks of 121 counselling
  • 10 week psycho-educational group course
  • 20 weeks group therapy

Please help us find the newest members of our team

  • 2 x Group Facilitators- 11 hrs / week

All posts are NHS Band 7 (£40,057 pro rata)

The deadline for applications is 28 March 22.

 

Visit the Mankind UK website for more information and please share this email with your networks.

 

If you have any questions please email admin@mkcharity.org

Agency:
Mankind
Area:
south-east
Contact:
Melanie Barnard
Email:
admin@mkcharity.org

Category | job-vacancy

NHS are looking appoint a SAAS Clinical network chair

NHS England and Improvement are looking to appoint a SAAS Clinical network chair to lead, support and share best clinical practice within the SAAS agenda.  Please see copy of the application pack and we would be grateful if you could share this within your networks.  The closing date for application is on Midnight on Friday 5th March with a possible interview date of Tuesday 15th March.

Agency:
NHS England
Area:
national
Contact:
Martin Lee
Email:
Martin.Lee9@nhs.net
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Category | event

New NHS Campaign launches to support survivors of sexual assault and abuse

NEW NHS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES TO SUPPORT SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ABUSE

 

The NHS has today launched a new campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) – specialist NHS services that provide a safe space and dedicated care for anyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted or abused.

 

The campaign aims to highlight these vital NHS support services, with new data of over 4,000 respondents in England finding that over half of respondents (56%) who have been sexually assaulted or abused did not seek help from any organisation or service after the incident, and 46% citing fear of being believed as the biggest barrier to not accessing services.

 

Nearly half (44%) of those responding also say they don’t know or aren’t sure where to get help if they had been sexually assaulted, and 72% are currently unaware of the support available via the NHS.

 

This highlights the crucial need to raise awareness of SARCs, which are available for everyone 24/7 and regardless of when the incident happened.

 

If you have been raped, sexually assaulted or abused and don’t know where to turn, search ‘sexual assault referral centres’ to find out more or head to www.nhs.uk/SARCs to find your nearest service.

Agency:
NHS England
Area:
scotland
Contact:
Email:

Category | information-exchange

#NoPlaceToHide

 

We’re backing the #NoPlaceToHide campaign. End to end encryption will blind companies to the abhorrent child sexual abuse happening on their platforms. Join the fight and tell social media companies they must help keep our children safe. Visit www.noplacetohide.org.uk

A second phase of activity is currently being prepared. This includes and number of campaign activations designed to keep the issue front and centre.

Please contact emma.weal@homeoffice.gov.uk or lee.davis@mcsaatchi.com for more information or if you’d like to get involved.

Agency:
Area:
national
Contact:
Home office
Email:
emma.weal@homeoffice.gov.uk or lee.davis@mcsaatchi.com

Category | information-exchange

Say Something if You See Something Campaign 2022

Image by Annie Spratt from Pixabay

 

The ‘Say Something If You See Something’ is a campaign package supporting our Child Exploitation Awareness Day #CEADay22 held on 18th March and first collated in 2013 containing materials different areas and organisations had developed to raise awareness of how child exploitation and trafficking can involve our communities.

The campaign involves sharing practice, publicity materials, and resources to help professionals, businesses, sport, retail, leisure, and the wider community recognise and respond to the risk of child exploitation.   

Each year we have been amazed and impressed by the commitment you have shown to this date, the creative and wide range of events you have all run, the publicity campaigns and resources so many of you have used. During January and February, the NWG Network are revising the 2022 version of the Say Something If You See Something campaign, with new guidance and information about a trauma informed and contextual approach to safeguarding.

I am writing to invite you, or your organisation, to contribute to this national campaign.  If you have developed any practice, resources or new material relating to child exploitation and trafficking that you would like to share nationally, please provide us with either a link to your website, or send us a copy of the materials so that they are available to download from the package.

Please send your links or documents to network@nwgnetwork.org by 7th February 2022.

Agency:
NWG
Area:
national
Contact:
NWG
Email:
network@nwgnetwork.org

Category | information-exchange

Indirect Victims of Indecent Images

Lucy Faith Foundation, Tink Palmer and the NWG Network jointly chair the ‘Indirect Victims of Indecent Images’ strategic group in their work to improve the response to families and children when someone close to them is arrested for an online sexual offence involving children.  Indirect victims can include partners of those who have been arrested for the offences and their dependent children as well as parents and adult children or even friends or work colleagues.  Online sexual offences include viewing indecent images of children as well as online grooming or exploitation of children.  We are keen to hear from anyone who offers services to those families, or you have resources that might be useful to families that find themselves in that situation.  Please do lest us know if you are working in this area and we will contact you to find our more about your service and resources.  You can contact network@networknwg.org in the first instance.

Agency:
NWG
Area:
national
Contact:
NWG
Email:
network@nwgnetwork.org

Category | other

Volunteer available

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Agency:
n/a
Area:
national
Contact:
Casey Pownall
Email:
CPownall96@live.com

Category | event

JiCSAV Workshop (Justice in Covid-19 for Sexual Abuse & Violence)

JiCSAV (Justice in Covid-19 for Sexual Abuse and Violence) research team to invite you to their upcoming workshop ‘JiCSAV Workshop V: Judiciary’. During the workshop they will be presenting preliminary findings from the interviews that they have conducted thus far with judges who preside over sexual offences cases. In particular, they will discuss the impacts that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on sexual offences trials with regards to: the challenges that the judiciary, barristers, and court staff have faced; innovations that have been implemented throughout this time; and the subsequent impacts that such factors have had on complainants in such cases.

The workshop provides an opportunity for you to have direct input into the project, comment on the initial findings, share your perspective, and shape the synthesis further, as well as highlight any gaps that need to be addressed in the research going forward.

This event will take place on Monday 31st January from 4.30pm-6.00pm via Teams and will be attended by a range of practitioners and stakeholders. To access the event please use the following link:

Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

You can find out more about JiCSAV by clicking the link https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-directories/current-projects/2020/jicsav/

Agency:
JiCSAV Reseach Team
Area:
national
Contact:
Lara Hudspith
Email:
l.hudspith@lancaster.ac.uk

Category | other

Member’s Forum Sessions

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Agency:
MSP
Area:
national
Contact:
Tania Woodgate
Email:
tania@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

NWG – Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts

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NWG
Area:
national
Contact:
NWG
Email:
network@nwgnetwork.org

Category | other

Male Victim of Sexual Assault – A Male Survivors Story

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Agency:
Male Survivor Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Tania Woodgate
Email:
tania@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

Request from NHS England and NHS Improvement Team

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Category | project

JiCSAV Justice in Covid019 for Sexual Abuse and Violence

Coventry University project team

Dr Lorna O’Doherty (principal investigator)
Dr Grace Carter
Priya Tek Kalsi

Collaborators

Dr Siobhan Weare, University of Lancaster
Professor Vanessa Munro, University of Warwick
Dr Emma Sleath, University of Leicester
Dr Michelle Cutland, University Hospital Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust
Independent consultants: Concetta Perôt and Professor Sarah Brown

Partners

The Survivors Trust
Avon and Somerset Police
Male Survivors Partnership
Representatives from the Judiciary and Crown Prosecution Service

Duration of project

18 months: 20 November 2020 – 19 May 2022


Project overview

Over 150,000 sexual offences were recorded by police in year ending March 2020 (ONS, 2020), and there are indications that lockdown increased some sexual offences (e.g. online-facilitated abuse, or sexual abuse perpetrated by family members) and may have decreased others. For example, there was a 24% reduction in rapes reported to the police in the period April to June 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 (ONS, 2020). However, there has been no research into the specific effects of Covid-19 on criminal justice system (CJS) policies and practices relating to sexual offences, nor on the journeys of survivors through the CJS during this period.

Prior to the pandemic, there were significant challenges for the investigation and prosecution of sexual offences and conviction rates were extremely low. Some of these challenges may well have been exacerbated by Covid-19 and lockdown e.g. further delays to investigating cases, postponement of Achieving Best Evidence interviews. At the same time, however, Covid-19 has generated significant innovation within the CJS, e.g. the introduction of a video platform within the courts enabling all parties in a criminal hearing to engage securely and remotely, and this may sow the seeds for improvement in survivors’ journeys through the CJS.

Drawing on the perspectives and experiences of CJS stakeholders, including complainants and families, police, Crown Prosecution Service, HM Courts and Tribunals Services, the Judiciary, Sexual Assault Referral Centres, and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors, this research will provide unique insights into the impact of the pandemic on the CJS in sexual offence cases. Changes to procedures precipitated by Covid-19 might offer longer-term benefits for survivors and stakeholders and we aim to identify these and promote their implementation.

Project objectives

The project aims to gather survivors’ and other criminal justice system stakeholders’ perspectives and experiences of (changes to) policies and practices in relation to sexual offences cases during the Covid-19 pandemic. We want to understand how these experiences vary across settings and groups.

The project will make recommendations for criminal justice policy and practice in England and Wales in relation to sexual offences, in particular, any innovations that may be of value post-pandemic….

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scotland
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Message from NHS England and NHS Improvement Team

 

“The national SARC campaign programme of work continues to develop at pace.  They are on track to launch w/c 7th February 2022.

Freuds are looking for case studies.  People who have accessed a sexual assault referral centre and are willing to take part in the campaign launch film or a media interview to share their positive experience at a SARC.   Our priority is to find the right people, they are resilient people who feel empowered by sharing their experience and want to encourage others to seek help.  I am reaching out to you to see if your members would know of anyone suitable.  They should automatically spring to mind because they have probably done something similar in the past.   I am scoping to see who is out there, there is no need for individuals to be contacted at this stage.  No pressure or commitment on either side.   Given the key messages and overall campaign aims, we would like to attract a diverse range of case studies including representation from our targeted four audiences:-

 

  1. Ethnically diverse women aged 18-33
  2. Men aged 18-25
  3. Individuals who identify as LGBT+ aged 18-33 of different ethnicities
  4. People who are 18 years or older from the South-East of England

 

All I need is a “yes, we may have someone suitable” response.  Please email zillah.turner2@nhs.net.

Agency:
NHS England
Area:
national
Contact:
Zillah Turner
Email:
zillah.turner@nhs.net

Category | project

Update: mapping specialist support services by gender

This is news of work in progress that you can help us complete.

We (Male Survivors Partnership) have recently created an interactive map which displays the services available to victims and survivors who identify as men, women, transgender and other gender identities. The map shows the support that is available and uses data to highlight variation in need and support available across genders.

When you click on each service, you will be able to access the number, or at least a percentage, of the people that have used this service by gender. To find this data, we have been researching the services by region and contacting them for further information. We have also invited services to take part in our survey, which can be accessed by following this link https://malesurvivor.co.uk/gender-inclusive-sector-survey-2021/.

We are also including published police data records of sexual offences by gender. We are hoping that this informs consideration of whether the services available are meeting the needs of different genders, and similarly, whether police records accurately reflect the need for such services. Initial analysis of police data on the proportion of offences against men and boys indicates gender-inclusive services across England and Wales could expect one in eight of their clients to be male. But in some regions gender-inclusive organisations find that more than a quarter of their clients are male – much more than the police data would suggest. As yet there isn’t enough service data though, which is where you can help.

The map is a work in progress and currently favours the services available in the North West, as we have researched that region in detail. This will be shortly followed by London and South East, and eventually the rest of the country by region. But your organisation and your data can be added at any time if you complete the survey.

Please check out the map and if you wish to have your organisation featured in the map or have data to share with us, please don’t hesitate to complete the survey at https://malesurvivor.co.uk/gender-inclusive-sector-survey-2021/. Alternatively, you can contact us at research@malesurvivor.co.uk.

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Katie - MSP Researcher
Email:
research@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

New data on prevalence of male victims of sexual crimes by region Feb 21

Mankind UK commissioned a UK poll in Feb 21.
Men were asked to read examples of 15 non-consensual sexual experience and select which they had experienced.

50% selected at least one event. 9% reported they had been raped.

You can download the full results broken down by region here:

The 1 in 6 statistic

Agency:
Mankind UK
Area:
national
Contact:
Lucy Hughes
Email:
lucy.hughes@mkcharity.org

Category | information-exchange

Do you have any resources for male survivors????

The 1in6.uk website which is a shared online home for resources for UK male survivors has been live for 3 months now.

It has had 19,500 thousand page views and people are spending 3-15 mins watching and reading the content. 1,400+ people are returning to the site regularly.

If you have anything which you share with your clients or service users which you think would also be relevant to male survivors in other parts of the UK please share it with Mankind who currently host the site who will ensure it’s included.

This might be: content from your own websites, leaflets, links to videos, survivor stories etc.

They are also keen to create more videos featuring practitioners from other UK organisations so if you would like to be involved in this, or in designing other future content please email lucy.hughes@mkcharity.org.

Agency:
Mankind UK
Area:
national
Contact:
Lucy Hughes
Email:
lucy.hughes@mkcharity.org

Category | job-vacancy

Recruiting sub-contracting therapists

An opportunity has arisen for Subcontracted Therapists to work with a dynamic and professional charity. Due to recent demand in services, we are looking for Sub-contracted Therapists to cover the Derbyshire area.
The fee per attended session is £30, you will be paid £15 for DNA and cancellations within 24 hours, you will also be paid a £30 per month admin retainer.
For more info please see https://www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/sv2/subcontracted-therapists/732375?utm_campaign=google_jobs_apply&utm_source=google_jobs_apply&utm_medium=organic

Agency:
SV2
Area:
east-midlands
Contact:
Sukhi Sian
Email:
sukhi.sian@sv2.org.uk

Category | project

Launched today: survey to map specialist support services by gender

Please help us put your service on the map?

We would like to get a complete understanding of where services for male, female and trans victims and survivors of sexual assault are available and how much they are being used by each gender.

The results will help us and funders plan development for services for male survivors and identify where there are clear gaps in provision and take-up. We will be sharing the results on a clickable map to help people search for help, so survivors of all genders could benefit.

We really hope professionals working in services across the UK will be willing to help. Here’s the link to the survey https://malesurvivor.co.uk/gender-inclusive-sector-survey-2021/

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
hello@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | other

MSP submission to Govt on ‘violence against women and girls’

Last Friday Male Survivors Partnership submitted written evidence to the Home Office call for evidence on ‘violence against women and girls’, which Government stated included consideration of men and boys. You can see the full submission included as a pdf with this blog post.

We made a clear argument for a strategy on violence against men and boys, particularly, from our point of view, focused on sexual violence – including the links to domestic violence.  We laid out strategic actions the government should take now and objectives it should work towards.  Next up we are hoping to develop conversations we already have with government officials to shape an updated male victims position statement – which is committed to in the government’s new strategy on child sexual abuse – and secure commitment to a longer term strategy for men and boys.

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
jonny@malesurvivor.co.uk
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Category | information-exchange

Government consultation on tackling sexual violence

The UK Government is carrying out a research process to develop its policy on sexual violence, domestic violence and other crimes. We at MSP want to grab this opportunity to encourage people and organisations to share their evidence and concerns with the Government, and we will be making our own submission, which we’d love to be influenced by survivors, services and researchers.

In Government this work falls within the term Violence Against Women and Girls, which presents us with a problem of understanding where men and boys fit in the government’s thinking.

Today (21st January) we have had the statement below from the Home Office which explains that evidence from male victims and survivors, and from others about issues for men and boys, will contribute to the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy but also an updated Male Victims Position Statement and future policy ambitions across government.

We remain concerned that the Violence Against Women and Girls approach presents problems for those of us who have important evidence to share from the point of view of male victims and survivors and also for ensuring an equitable approach to analysis of these crimes and harms to individuals and communities. Nevertheless this is a great opportunity to influence the government’s agenda in a way that improves support and understanding for men and boys and we would love our community and stakeholders to take part.

Here is today’s Government statement, including a link to more information:

Dear All,

As you are aware, we recently launched the Call for Evidence to help develop our next Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, due to be published this Spring. The Call for Evidence is the first of its kind in gathering information and views to inform the strategy from across the public, people who have been directly affected by these crimes, their friends, family and colleagues, as well as those who work for organisations that provide support to victims and survivors such as frontline professionals and policy experts working in social care, education, law enforcement, local government, public health and healthcare.

I know my team have been in touch with some of you to discuss the various components of the Call for Evidence, and the ways we want to hear from you. Thank you for providing feedback on our approach, I know we have taken some steps to address some of the points you have raised, and I wanted to write to confirm our commitment to male victims and survivors.

As you know, in 2019 we published a Male Victims Position Statement to recognise the needs of male victims and to clarify and strengthen our response which built upon the victim service commissioning for men and boys affected by sexual abuse. To be clear, we continue to recognise that men and boys can too of course be victims of these abhorrent crimes, and contributions to the Call for Evidence will feed in to the development of both the new Tackling VAWG Strategy and an updated Male Victims Position Statement, as well as shape policy ambitions for the future across government. I therefore am really keen for you to engage with it and use this opportunity to ensure we capture your valuable expertise and the experience of the male victims and survivors you support.    

More information on the Call for Evidence, which closes on 19 February, can be found here. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

Best wishes,

Lynne Abrams
Interpersonal Abuse Unit

Deputy Director, Crime Policing and Fire Group, Home Office

We aim to share a draft submission to the call for evidence by January 28th, inviting others to share views and add their name to our letter. We will submit the final letter to the Home Office by February 19th.

If you would like to share your point of view now please email hello@malesurvivor.co.uk, ideally mention the ‘Violence Against Women and Girls’ consultation in the subject line.

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
east-midlands
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
jonny@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

MoJ message re January 2021 lockdown

We have had an emailed letter from Catherine Hinwood, Deputy Director of the MoJ Victims & Witness Unit, which you may have already received through other channels. In summary its messages are:

> As before, people can leave home to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm.

> Charities and workers delivering key frontline services are considered critical workers. Their activities do not breach the ‘stay at home’ rules, as long as they comply with the instruction that “Support groups that have to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support but they must take place at a premises other than a private home”.

> The children of critical workers must have access to full time education provision.

> The definition of essential service extends to court proceedings, so support workers, victims and witnesses are free to travel to attend court where required.

Disclaimer: this information does not constitute legal advice from MSP – please check the full text of the attached letter (see download link to the right).

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
jonny@malesurvivor.co.uk
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Category | information-exchange

Academic survey: Male survivors of adult sexual assault & their behaviours of help-seeking

MSP have been contacted by PhD researcher Amy Lucas from the University of Huddersfield and, having reviewed her proposal, we are keen to circulate her survey to help her gather data about how male survivors of adult sexual assault seek help.

Amy has provided a document explaining the research in more detail – just click Download Attachment to the right of this post.

The link to Amy’s research is https://huddersfieldbss.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ucf5ctz6pHwQPX

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
hello@malesurvivor.co.uk
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Category | job-vacancy

Male sub-contracted therapist to support online male support group

Hi
We’re looking for a sub-contracted male therapist to support delivery of our online male support group sessions (currently planning 6 sessions of non therapeutic support) and aim to run several during the course of the next year. These are being facilitated online so geography is not an issue. If you’re interested in finding out more please contact our Head of Therapy Sukhi at sukhi.sian@sv2.org.uk

Agency:
SV2 - Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence Ltd (Derbyshire)
Area:
east-midlands
Contact:
Sally Goodwin
Email:
sally.goodwin@sv2.org.uk

Category | job-vacancy

Seeking new trustees

Join our board to lead collective development of support for male survivors of sexual violence.

The Male Survivors Partnership (MSP) is a membership organisation set up by a group of specialist male agencies in 2017 to support charitable and not for profit agencies who offer therapeutic services to male survivors of sexual violence. We became a registered charity in 2020 and we are now searching for new trustees to work alongside and build upon the work of our founders.

MSP was created to address the absence of formal strategies for the acknowledgement and delivery of services to male survivors – by providing information and support to statutory and charitable organisations working with male victims/survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation – and to provide male survivors with a single point of reference to national and local support services.
In just three years we have grown to a network of 45 member organisations and our national quality standards are improving and increasing access to services for men and boys. Next, our trustee board’s business plan will focus on four key themes—support, engage, insight, inform—in work with government and others in the sexual violence support sector to deliver the change needed to generate equitable, effective access for male survivors nationwide. We look forward to hearing from people interested in joining us as leaders of our strategy, governance, research and communications.

What you could bring to our board

We hope to recruit trustees with demonstrable commitment to male survivors and the sexual violence victims/survivors support sector, and prepared to accept the responsibilities of a charity volunteer and trustee. We would like to hear from people with an understanding of the challenges associated with improving support for male survivors but equally we would welcome people with management and leadership skills from other sectors that might aid our governance and development. As a high priority we think it’s important that the board reflects the people and organisations we would like to help, so it would be great to receive applications from people working in our member organisations and from male survivors of sexual violence.

Desirable (but non-essential) characteristics we are looking out for include:

>> Record of leadership and innovation that challenges and overcomes barriers to inclusion

>> Ability to understand and represent the lived experience of men/boys facing additional systemic barriers to understanding engagement, including racism, ageism, ableism & transphobia.

>> Experience of engagement with commissioners and policy makers around related areas of work

>> Research interest and experience in evidence-based improvements to national social policy and practice

>> Experience in charity leadership and governance, especially relevant to development of a new national charity/membership organisation

>> History of improving opportunities for people with lived experience of relevant issues to participate in organisational leadership and development.

Founding values
If you are interested in a trustee role with MSP please read our terms of reference document, downloadable at malesurvivor.co.uk/membership. It’s evidence of the values that we are committed to, including:

>> Male survivors’ right to high quality support

>> Evidence-based policy and practice

>> Transparent, collaborative working in the spirit of partnership

>> Collective advocacy on issues affecting male survivors

>> Opposition to discrimination including on gender identity, sexual orientation and imposed standards of male identity

>> Support to development of sexual violence support services for women and girls

How the MSP board works

Current practice is to meet as a board once a month for a video call of up to two hours. We will review this practice with the newly recruited trustees to ensure meeting timing and frequency align with our needs and preferences.

The trustees are supported by our employed Head of Operations.

Our meeting agendas cover a wide range of concerns, from initiatives to develop the national conversation on sexual violence suffered by men and boys, to funding and development of a new national membership organisation.

As a trustee you will have responsibilities defined in law. All applicants will be asked to confirm that they have read UK government guidance at gov.uk/guidance/charity-trustee-whats-involved and also our terms of reference and articles of association.

Apply by January 11th in this round of recruitment

To express your interest in joining us as a trustee, please send a one-page and CV of no more than two pages to Head of Operations Jonny Gutteridge at jonny@malesurvivor.co.uk. If your application reaches us by January 11th we will have time to assess it in time for a board meeting in late January. You are welcome to email Jonny for a discussion ahead of formally expressing interest.

More info

We are a charity registered in England and Wales, charity number 1191026, and company limited by guarantee, company number 12215676 . Our About Us page carries information about our trustees and staff and Agencies Working With Male Survivors will tell you more about the services in our network.
Our social media channels will give you a flavour of current activity. You will find them at twitter.com/MaleSurvivorUK, facebook.com/MaleSurvivorsPartnership, instagram.com/malesurvivorspartnership and linkedin.com/company/male-survivors-partnership. You will also find some video content on YouTube.

Key roles of MSP trustees

Ours is a developing organisation with a unique role in the national response to sexual violence. As a trustee you may be asked to volunteer to:

>> Support our strategy development , member organisation engagement and risk management

>> Represent the views of our member organisations in government policy development and information-sharing calls

>> Take a role as an officer of the company: chair, deputy chair or treasurer

>> Lead a working group on a particular issues—anything from survivor voice to sustainability

>> Act as an ambassador in media work or recruitment of new member organisations

We look forward to hearing from people interested in joining us. Thanks for your interest.

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
jonny@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

ISVA services – be aware of MoJ rapid review

If you are an ISVA service provider MoJ are asking you to keep an eye out for an information request from your local PCC. Given the current pressures on services the MoJ are trying to get a “rapid snapshot of current demand” so they’ve asked PCCs to distribute a survey to local providers – “Moj ISVA Rapid Review Return”. It’s a spreadsheet to fill in and send directly to a MoJ email address.

If you provide ISVA services and haven’t received the survey by 11th November please can you let MSP know so we can raise it with the MoJ?

Jonny

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
hello@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

Evaluation of justice system responses to male rape reports

A research project commissioned by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) appears to offer an opportunity to ensure that national understanding of criminal justice responses to rape is informed by men’s experiences. The commissioned research company ORS are seeking male interviewees to participate in research this autumn.

MSP have reviewed the suggested processes and agreed to publicise the research to member organisations, who may wish to share information with their service users and to support survivor participation. ORS have published brief information and contact details for further information on their website at https://www.ors.org.uk/surveys/hmicfrs2020/.

MSP have been sent several supporting documents for agencies, included with this post in a zip file. Members are particularly recommended to review the document “Additional information for gateway agencies”, which includes sections on informed consent, the planned interviews and safeguarding and support.

ZIP file – HMICFRS_evaluation_of_rape_survivors’_experiences_of_the_CJS

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
national
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
hello@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

What needs to change? What’s missing? MoJ seeking feedback on its new info guides

You have a chance to influence the content of nine new info guides under development by the Ministry of Justice Sexual Violence Policy and Commissioning Team. The team have asked us to publicise the chance for you to feed back in a (short) consultation phase, ideally to get back to them by September 28th, though I’ll ask for more time) midnight September 30th (we got more time).

The guides listed below are clearly not yet fully worked up, so it seems like a good opportunity to influence ethos, tone and content. I suggest emailing your content to Lorna Dovey at the MoJ at Lorna.Dovey2@justice.gov.uk and to copy in hello@malesurvivor.co.uk.

This is from Lorna:

“As part of the September 2019 Rape Victims’ Pledge, the Ministry of Justice have developed a series of nine information guides for victims of sexual violence. These guides have been developed with the intention of providing clear and concise information on each stage of a victim’s journey, from experiencing the crime to a victim’s experience post court. The guides have been developed in conjunction with criminal justice agencies and are intended to be as accessible as possible, avoiding any confusing language. We [ie the MoJ, not MSP] are also working with the Victims’ Commissioner to finalise the guides.

The guides cover the following topics:

 

Guide 1 – Being Sexually Assaulted

Guide 2 – Support Following a Sexual Assault

Guide 3 – Reporting a Recent Sexual Assault to the Police

Guide 4 – Reporting a Sexual Assault to the Police that Happened a While Ago

Guide 5 – Collecting and Sharing Evidence

Guide 6 – Investigating and Prosecuting a Case

Guide 7 – Preparing for Court

Guide 8 – After the Trial

Guide 9 – Claiming Compensation for a Sexual Assault

Please note: we will also be producing an easy-read version of the CPS guidance on pre-trial therapy once the public consultation on the revised guidance is complete. This will function as ‘guide ten’ and will be referenced in the other guides where relevant.

How to provide feedback

We would like to seek views on the following questions:

  1. Are there any stages of the process missing that should be included in a guide, or any guides which are not relevant?
  2. Do the guides cover the essential information that a victim would need to help them understand what may happen at each stage of the process, and why?
  3. Is the information as simple and accessible as it could be? If not, what specifically needs to change?
  4. Is the tone and language used appropriate? If not, what specifically needs to change?
  5. If the guides were available in physical copies, where would be the most suitable and accessible location(s)?

We would be grateful for views on these questions, or feedback more generally on how the guides could be improved, by midnight on Monday 28 September to Lorna.Dovey2@justice.gov.uk. This will enable us to publish the guides as soon as possible, and ensure that this guidance is available help support victims.

Many thanks, we look forward to hearing your feedback.

Lorna Dovey
Sexual Violence Policy and Commissioning Team, Ministry of Justice”

Having had a brief look at the guides, I’d say it’s worth your time reviewing where the MoJ have got to and giving some clear feedback on both what they’ve got right and where you see a need for improvement.

Jonny

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
london
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
hello@malesurvivor.co.uk

Category | information-exchange

Ministry of Justice consulting on further Covid funding needs

A member organisation has shared with me that the MoJ are consulting services who receive funding through the national Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Fund to “establish ongoing and additional future needs anticipated in the continuing response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic”. Please will you share your feedback about this process? I will then work with the Male Survivor Partnership board to feed a collective view into the MoJ process. More generally, it will help to start to build collective understanding of members’ immediate funding needs and the impact of Covid on services for male survivors of sexual violence.

To introduce myself briefly: I’m the new Head of Operations for the Partnership, working to support members and develop the Partnership and its impact. There’s blurb about me on the About Us page.

The MoJ’s consultation (see attached) asks services for:
1. ongoing and additional future needs anticipated in the continuing response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
2. related costs, including of service adaptation, increases in demand, increased staffing, hardware/software expenditure
3. consideration of whether current needs can be met through existing funding
They’re asking about the need across all services provided by grant recipients, not just those funded by the RSF grant.

My interest is in a sectoral response, so I’d be keen to hear from members who aren’t RSF grant recipients, as well as those that are. How has Covid hit your service and your sustainability? Are there opportunities now that MoJ support could help with? Do you have feedback for MoJ about their process and funding choices?

Please note that your views will be considered as confidential and your name/organisation name won’t be shared with the MoJ if/when we talk to them. You can email me at hello@malesurvivor.co.uk or post. I’m happy to arrange a chat by phone or any Internet platform. Thanks! Looking forward to members’ responses. Perhaps you could get in touch by September 21st?

Jonny Gutteridge, Head of Operations, Male Survivors Partnership

Agency:
Male Survivors Partnership
Area:
london
Contact:
Jonny Gutteridge
Email:
hello@malesurvivor.co.uk

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