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New charity for male sex abuse victims launches in Mansfield

Launch MENding UK

Nicci Robinson, (right) with Roger Garrett, charity steward, from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Nottinghamshire (second right) and members, workers and volunteers at MENding UK.

MENding UK opened last week at an event at its office on Byron Street, Mansfield. The charity was launched due to the lack of services for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence – both recent and historic. This comes after it was discovered that around 1 in 7 men have sustained some form of sexual abuse before the age of 16.

MENding UK will operate under the umbrella of its sister charity S.H.E. UK, which offers a similar service for women. It is only the second charity of this type in the whole county.

Nicci Robinson, chief executive of both charities, said: “It has been a long held ambition of the trustees of the charity to develop a similar service for male survivors. There’s very little for female survivors but even less for male survivors. But it’s harder for men to come out and declare themselves as victims because of social pressures. There is a feeling of failure and shame.”

Services will be provided by health professionals and trained specialists.

Users can contact the charity directly or may also be referred through professionals such as doctors, social workers or the police force. MENding can provide therapy, peer support groups, creative therapies and adult learning groups to help victims overcome what has happened to them.

Nicci added: “This type of abuse really does destroy lives. It’s very difficult, emotional work and my staff have to be particularly emotionally resilient to go with the day-to-day running of these services. But when a member comes in and is in a really bad place and months later we have helped them to improve, that is really powerful stuff.”

The charity has also got a new angle on connecting with their users – through the use of Facebook. They launched this digital service with S.H.E UK in 2013 and Nicci says it has helped them save lives.

She said: “It’s a good point of contact for some people who might find talking face-to-face or on the phone difficult. Over a keyboard is sometimes easier.”

The biggest funders of the new charity are Nottinghamshire Freemasons, with a grant of £1800, and the Thomas Farr charity have also contributed.

 

The original version of this article was published in the Mansfield Chad and can be accessed here.

Charity is helping sex abuse victims

By Nottingham Post  |  Posted: September 13, 2014

SURVIVORS of child sexual abuse in Nottingham are being offered support through a new charity centre in Radford.

SHE UK has launched a drop-in service at Garden Street Children’s Centre for adults who have been through the ordeal.

It also wants professionals in Nottingham who deal with the cases to know they can refer people to them or contact them for advice. SHE UK has drop-in services in Mansfield, Worksop and Newark but wanted to bring the opportunity to people in the city. Nicci Robinson, chief executive of SHE UK, said: “The prevalence of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation is endemic across the whole of the UK and, indeed, the world.

“The recent release of the extensive abuse cases in Rotherham is the latest in an ever-increasing catalogue of a persistent failure to protect our most vulnerable: our children and young people. Moving into Nottingham was a logical and absolutely necessary step.

“It is imperative that we reach as many victims as possible, empowering them to thrive rather than just survive, to reclaim the positive life experience that has been so cruelly denied them.”

The drop-in service will be open every Friday between 10 and 3pm, and is confidential.

The organisation runs survivor-led support groups, counselling and crisis support, arts and crafts workshops, fundraising and social activities.

Call SHE UK on 01623 622916 or visit its website at www.she-uk.org.uk.

(This article was published in the Nottingham post. To read the original article please click here.)