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1 in 6 males have been sexually abused. We support men and boys affected by sexual violence.

This includes: 
  • Men and boys who have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment 
  • Men and boys who have experienced sexual exploitation or trafficking 
  • Men and boys who have experienced childhood sexual abuse 
  • Men and boys who have experienced sexual abuse from a man, woman or non-binary perpetrator 
  • Men and boys of all sexualities who have experienced sexual abuse, whether you identify as straight, gay, bisexual, queer, asexual or otherwise
  • Transgender men and boys who have experienced sexual abuse

How can New Pathways help?

When you are referred to New Pathways, one of our team will be in touch to discuss your options and suggest the best course of action. Who contacts you will depend on whether the latest experience of sexual abuse happened in the last 10 days or happened in the past. All the support and guidance offered will be informed by you and your experience. What you decide to do next is entirely your choice. Support could include: 

Wellbeing Service

Our Wellbeing service provides support to victim-survivors outside of, or prior, to counselling. This could include: 

  • Working through positive coping strategies and grounding exercises 
  • Goal setting and working towards recovery 
  • Preparing for counselling 
  • Providing emotional and practical support e.g. contacting people on your behalf 

Wellbeing can also provide support and advocacy for issues unrelated to your experience that may be affecting your recovery e.g. bereavement, housing, financial concerns. 

Specialist Counselling

We offer counselling for men and boys. Our counselling can be online, via video call, telephone or face-to-face. You can find out where our offices are here.

All of our counsellors are qualified and registered, and have experience in working with trauma. Counsellors receive specialist training in helping people who have experienced sexual violence and additional training to understand the particular needs of male clients. We support more than 10,000 people every year and have been working with people affected by sexual violence for over 30 years. 

ISVA Support

Our ISVAs offer ongoing support. This is different for each person, but can include: 

  • Providing information and support with reporting options, such as contacting the police or anonymous intelligence
  • Supporting you with court cases
  • Case tracking police investigations to keep you fully informed
  • Speaking to others on your behalf and keeping you updated of any developments
  • Supporting you with your emotional wellbeing, such as positive coping strategies and offering you a safe and confidential space where you can talk

We also have specialist Male ISVAs, who specifically support men and boys. Click here to learn more about the role of an ISVA. 

SARC Crisis Support

Our Crisis Workers operate from our Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC) and will be able to advise you on your options following incidents of sexual abuse. This could include accessing forensic services if the sexual assault happened within the last 10 days, explaining your options for support if the sexual assault was outside 10 days, giving a statement to the police or medical attention. All of our support is informed by you. You do not have to undertake any of these options if you are not ready or comfortable. You also do not have to go through the police or report to the police to receive support. 

How do I get support?

You can either self-refer into New Pathways, or you can be referred by someone supporting you or by the police (You do not need to contact the police to be referred to us). 

If the sexual abuse, or most recent incident of it, occurred within the last 10 days, or if you would like to refer over the phone, please call 01685 379 310. You can also contact our Out Of Hours telephone number on 07423 437020.

If the sexual abuse, or the most recent incident of it, occurred outside of the last 10 days, you can complete one of the referral forms here and either email it to  counsellingreferrals@newpathways.org.uk or post it to one of our offices (addresses here).


These FAQs are based on some of the most common questions, concerns and misconceptions shared with us by male clients prior to engaging with support at New Pathways.
Can men experience rape?
Does sexual violence only happen to women?
If a man or boy was being sexually assaulted, wouldn't he fight back?
If a victim-survivor shows signs of arousal, is it considered consent?
Does it still count as sexual abuse if my perpetrator was a woman?
Do you offer support to men and boys who are LGBTQ+?
Can you support male clients from different cultures/ religions/ nationalities?

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