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Hertfordshire Constabulary campaign to help male rape victims
Police are seeking to help male victims of sexual assualt make their lives whole again.
Hertfordshire’s County Community Safety Unit has launched a campaign to encourage male victims of rape to speak out.
Operation Fortitude aims to encourage men to access specialist support and help police bring the perpetrators to justice.
Detective Inspector Tom Leeks of Hertfordshire’s sexual offences investigation team said he understood how “difficult and personal” it was for male victims to report sexual offences to the police.
He added: “I want to do all I can to encourage male victims to speak with us and offer them a choice of options.
“Our officers are specially trained to offer support towards male victims.
“We take this sort of offence extremely seriously and will do everything in our power to assist victims and bring offenders to justice.”
Victims can contact the police on 999 or on 101 if the offence happened some time ago.
Those not wishing to talk to the police can use Hertfordshire’s Sunflower Centre, a specialist multi-agency service that provides support and advice for anyone who has been through a sexual assault.
Sunflower Centre manager Sandra Lewin said: “Sexual abuse can have a devastating effect on the rest of your life and also impact on the friends and family around you.
"It may be abuse that happened a long time ago or it may be more recent than that.
“We are here to help and advise.
“Don’t suffer in silence, make your life whole again.”
Publicity materials are being left in doctors’ surgeries, sexual health clinics, sports clubs and other public areas.
More information can be found by visiting Sunflower's website on www.hertssunflower.org or calling 0808 178 4448.
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