‘ONE in SIX males are victims of sexual abuse’ Charity CEO reveals shocking UK figures
“From academic research we can surmise that one in six males will have experienced sexual abuse at some point in their life. So massive figures.”
Mr Craig founded Survivors Manchester in February 2009 after he discovered a lack of support for male sexual abuse victims in the north west.
Duncan Craig explained that male victims need to know there is support in the UK for them
“I think that gets people to start questioning masculinity and gets them to start questioning men and maybe the very fabric of their belief systems.
“We have got to accept that boys and men are affected by sexual violence as victims, as well as partners of women that are affected by sexual violence.
The charity founder insisted that public opinion surrounding male sexual abuse was slowly changing
“There is all of that unpicking that we kind of have to do. In a way, men have to learn a language which is about emotions. A language which we haven’t traditionally been taught.
“Younger men have an emotional language, older men don’t. In a way you have to teach them a brand new language.”
The charity receives funding through the NHS and several grants and the founder is attempting to make men across the UK more aware of the help that is available to them.
Duncan Craig: Men need to learn an emotional language
“That was the biggest challenge then, and I think it’s still probably one of the biggest challenges, although I think something is changing and the way we view men and masculinity is changing.”
Mr Craig finished by reiterating that mistakes in the past surrounding male sexual abuse cannot happen again.
“I think enquiries have shown how we have swept things under the carpet over the years and we have got to stop doing that, I think we are getting better at being truthful, but there is a long way to go,” he said.