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Due to stereotypes and social attitudes relating to gender and sexual violence, male survivors may be especially reluctant to seek support or share what has happened to them. High quality services designed with gender-specific support in mind can help men and boys break the silence. A local organisation has recently received accreditation for providing this important service.
RASAC, the rape and sexual abuse counselling service provided by Community First, has been recognised for its high-quality services for male survivors through accreditation from LimeCulture CIC.
RASAC offers free counselling for adults and under 18s in Winchester, Test Valley, Basingstoke & Deane, Hart, and Rushmoor, as well as a peer support programme for survivors (‘STEPS’) and an Advice & Support Line.
The accreditation confirms that RASAC’s services meet the official Male Service Standards, which are supported by the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, NHS England and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. The Male Service Standards, developed through the Male Survivors Partnership and LimeCulture CIC, “enable organisations working with boys and men affected by sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation to improve and evidence the quality of service provision to male survivors, in particular recognising their gender-based needs.” (Read more on the Male Survivors Partnership website)
RASAC Service Manager Steve Witheyman said, “All of us at RASAC are grateful for this accreditation from LimeCulture CIC. We are proud to be a quality provider of services for male survivors and we are committed to helping survivors in Central Hampshire and North Hampshire access the support they need regardless of characteristics or background.”
RASAC accepts self-referrals and the relevant forms are available on their website. The team can be contacted by telephone on 01962 807037, by text on 07860 027793, or by email through their online form. The service is now resuming COVID-secure face-to-face counselling appointments after operating via telephone during the Coronavirus crisis.
RASAC website: https://www.rasac.org.uk
RASAC general enquiries line: 01962 807037 (Telephone) / 07860 027793 (SMS)
RASAC Advice & Support Line: 01962 868688 / 01962 864433
RASAC Anonymous SMS Helpline: 07860 027793
Available 24 hours