Improving NHS support for male victims & survivors of sexual violence

A survey for men with relevant lived experience.

Male Survivors Partnership are gathering men’s views to help develop a male-specific guide for staff working in NHS Sexual Assault Referral Centres. If you have a perspective you wish to share we would love to hear from you via this survey.

This is a fairly short, anonymous survey, intended to give you an opportunity to share your point of view rather than asking anything personal. Before continuing please read through the terms of participation and reflect on whether it will be beneficial to you to participate today.

Terms of participation

  • This is an anonymous survey designed to give you an opportunity to share your perspective as a person with lived experience.
  • We are not asking you to share any personal history, though you may choose to share experiences that help you illustrate a point.
  • Please do not disclose detailed information that might identify you personally. Male Survivors Partnership will try to remove any information that appears to risk identification of any specific places or persons.
  • Note that we may use direct quotes from your answers in the final guidance for NHS staff. By completing the survey you agree to us using these quotes without attribution or recompense.
  • Please only contribute if you feel emotionally well enough to do so.
  • Please make sure that if contributing triggers hard thoughts or feelings you are confident you will be able to access support you already know and feel confident in, for example one of the specialist services listed in our Directory, the National Male Survivor Helpline: 0808 800 5005 or SurvivorsUK online helpline.

Additionally, if you would like to discuss the issues with our team in more detail and have the opportunity to comment on the project please feel free to get in touch, in confidence, at survivorvoice@malesurvivor.co.uk.

You may have attended a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), you may never have heard of them. They are local NHS-commissioned services which aim to help people who have experienced sexual violence, offering them support to share what has happened, get medical help for any injuries, facilitate the option of criminal justice and help to arrange longer term care. Male victims and survivors currently form a small minority of people using SARCs so we are helping develop guidance so SARC staff are better informed about to help men and boys. Given the number of male victims across the UK we know that more can be done and improvement in SARC services can play an important part.