Rape is forced sexual intercourse involving insertion of a penis into the mouth or anus.

It is a common myth that only females can be raped. The males who come to us tell us a different story – it does happen.

Rape is a common form of sexual assault. It is committed in many situations—on a date, by a friend or an acquaintance, or when you think you are alone.

Try to always be aware of your surroundings. Educate yourself on “date rape” drugs. Date rape drugs make a person unable to resist assault and can cause memory loss so the victim doesn’t know what happened.

We provide a non-judgemental service that is open to everyone regardless of their sexuality; that includes supporting and providing a safe space for heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual males. The service also recognises the needs of transgender people.

Any male who has recently been raped or sexually assaulted may seek the following services;

  •     Information to make the right decisions for you
  •     Support to access medical assistance
  •     A place to reflect/breathing space
  •     Forensic evidence taken in a medical setting with no police involvement
  •     Anonymous information to the Police
  •     Formal Police reporting
  •     One to One counselling
  •     Do not despair or panic – we are here to help
  •     We will support you at every step – you are our main concern
  •     No one will question you or force you to do anything you don’t want to do

What to do next?

After you’ve called us:

  1. Do not wash – this will help us to understand how best to help you
  2. If you changed your clothes, please bring the clothes you were wearing with you in a clean plastic carrier bag, such as those from the shops – this will help us better understand what happened to you
  3. Bring a close friend or family member if you would like – this is about you and your well-being
  4. Come to The New Swindon Sanctuary SARC as quickly as possible
  5. Let us help you – this will also put you back in control



If you do give us your contact details or, provide identifiable information, we will usually keep your contact with us completely confidential. However, in certain circumstances we may have to share information with another agency (e.g. social services, police or the ambulance service) in order to protect you, or another person. This will apply if:-

•             you are a child or young person under 18  who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm or, 
•             you provide information about a child or young person under 18 who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm or,
•             we feel you are a vulnerable adult who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm or,
•             you provide information about a  person we feel may be a vulnerable adult who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm.

The person you speak to will be happy to discuss this in more detail. Whenever possibl