For the first time ever, the Government has set aside a dedicated pot of money specifically to support men who have suffered sexual abuse including rape. We'd like your views and ideas on how we can spend this £500,000 fund in the best possible way to meet the needs of as many men as we can.

If you're a man who's ever experienced unwanted sexual attention, felt that you had to have sex or had your body used for sex when you didn’t want to or been raped - however long ago it took place - we'd like your views on what type of support you think would help men like you.

If you've never contacted anybody to ask for support after what happened, or if you've never told anybody at all, then we'd like to know what would encourage you to come forward to get help and what support you'd like to see available. If you've received support from a healthcare professional or from a support organisation, what do you think helped - and what didn't?    

If you're the partner, friend or family member of a man who's suffered sexual abuse, we'd also like your views on how you think the money should be spent. 

And if you provide support for male survivors of sexual abuse or rape in any way, are a researcher, or have insight into the issue for any other reason, we'd welcome your views and insight into what helps men who are affected by this crime.

All views are anonymous – you can use any login name you choose to join the discussion. Even if you don't want to post any ideas of your own, you can comment on ideas posted by other people, and vote for those you agree with and mark those ideas you don't like and why. This will let popular ideas to float to the top, while less popular ideas will sink to the bottom.

Your views will help shape how we spend this new pot of money. For example, if you think having someone to talk to would be helpful, let us know if you think face-to-face sessions would work well or if an online community where survivors can discuss with others who’ve been through this would be better.

We will take the top 5 ideas into consideration when developing the specification for this fund. Some may not be possible - for example if they would cost more to develop than the fund available - however, we will factor in your views as far as possible. Organisations will then be invited to bid for money from the fund to provide support services to male survivors of sexual abuse.

This discussion will close on 13 July, and we hope to hear from as many people as possible in that time.

Ideas can be as innovative as you like. The only ground rules are:   

  • that any obscene or offensive posts, or those mentioning anybody's personal details, will be removed. 
  • views and comments must relate directly to the topic (off-topic comments will be removed).

We'd like to say thank you to all of the groups supporting male rape victims particularly Survivors Manchester, Mankind, Survivors UK, First Step and Survivors Trust which are helping us raise awareness and encourage people to take part in this important discussion.

Getting support
If you’re a boy or man who’s been forced into sexual situations you didn't consent to, however recently or long ago it took place, remember it's not your fault. You are not alone and support is available.  Visit the Survivors Trust website or call 0845 122 1201 to talk to somebody who can help.