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Men's Health Week 14-21 June

At least 1 in 6 men living in the UK have been sexually abused or assaulted, and yet it takes 26 years on average for a man to speak out about it.

 

For Men’s Health Week, we’re doing a mini campaign to raise awareness of the support services available to men across Cheshire, Knowsley and St Helens.

Rob, a male Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)

Rob is an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor or most commonly referred to as an ISVA. He works for the Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre Cheshire and Merseyside (RASASC) who are the commissioned service, providing specialist sexual violence support across Cheshire, St Helens and Knowsley.

He said: “My role as an ISVA is to work with people who have experienced rape or sexual assault, irrespective of whether they have reported to the police. The nature of the support that I provide can vary from case to case and depends on the needs of the individual and their circumstances.

“Support can include me providing accurate and impartial information, emotional and practical support, and support before, during and after court. I act as a single point of access for the survivor and their dependants, while providing a professional service.

“It takes a lot of courage to speak out about sexual violence and it’s really important to understand that this wasn’t your fault. You didn’t do anything to deserve it. Talking to support organisations like RASASC is confidential, non-judgemental, understanding, and friendly. We’re here for you.”

Brian's 12 hour non-stop virtual cycle

The support for your family and friends can play a very important part in healing, and Brian is a great example of this. He has been supporting a close friend who is a survivor of sexual violence and wants to do more to encourage others to speak out and seek help.

 

Brian is planning on doing a non-stop 12-hour virtual cycle to raise money for RASASC, the charity who supported his friend during their experience. He said: “It’s so important that we all work together to raise awareness of this topic, together we can support those that need charities like RASASC when they need it the most.”

To donate to Brian’s cycle, visit his Just Giving page here.

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Di's walking challenge

Di is undertaking a walking challenge to raise money for RASASC, a charity close to her heart. 💓

To donate to her fundraising challenge, click here.

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No Means No – A Survivor’s Story

Kez, a sexual violence survivor, has designed and launched a pin badge to raise funds for the charity that supported her. You can purchase her badge here. 

 

You can read the full article on her project via the Silk 106.9 website here or on the Dee 106.3 website here.

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No Means No – A sexual violence survivor’s story

A sexual violence survivor has designed and launched a pin badge to raise funds for the Warrington-based charity that supported her. You can purchase her badge here. 

 

Click here to view article in the Daily Advent or alternatively, you can also read the article on the Warrington Worldwide website here.

No means no pin badge

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