Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Male Victims of Rape Still Feel They Can't Report Crime

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Male Victims of Rape Still Feel They Can't Report Crime

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Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk

A MAN who reported being raped on Tyneside this week is one of the very few male rape victims that come forward, say campaigners.

Detectives are today still trying to piece together what happened to the man after the shocking attack in North Shields, on Tuesday night.

And now a campaigner from the country's biggest male rape support charity has told the Chronicle just how difficult it can be for male victims to speak to police.

Michael May, from Survivors UK, said: "Male rape is an issue that as a society we just don't talk about. We have been conditioned into thinking every time we talk about rape we are talking about women. As a society we find it very difficult to talk about men and sexual violence because men from infancy are brought up not to be vulnerable. Some men can't even admit they have been beat-up, never mind raped."

This week's incident is thought to have happened sometime between 8. …

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