Male rape campaign launched in Herts

PUBLISHED: 06:34 26 August 2013

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MALE rape victims are being asked not to suffer in silence and seek help, as part of a police operation.

Herts Constabulary last week launched a campaign in a bid to get them access to specialist support.

Operation Fortitude, is being run by the county’s community safety unit – which brings together professionals from the police and Herts County Council – and will see posters put up across the county and business cards distributed.

They will be available in doctors’ surgeries, sexual health clinics, sports clubs and other public areas.

The force wants to get the message out there that sexual assault can happen to anyone, whether they are gay, straight, transgender, sober or intoxicated.

Experts claim men find it difficult to report sex crimes, but an estimated one in nine will be a victim at some point in their lives.

Detective Inspector Tom Leeks, from Hertfordshire’s Sexual Offences Investigation Team, said: “I want to do all I can to encourage male victims to speak with us and offer them a choice of options.

“Our officers are specially trained to offer support to male victims.

“We take this sort of offence extremely seriously and will do everything in our power to assist victims and bring offenders to justice.”

Police launched the scheme last Monday, to coincide with a time when men are preparing for summer holidays and spending time with family and friends.

Any victim of sexual assault can call police either via 999, or 101 if the attacker has left or it is a crime which happened a day or more ago.

Those who would prefer not to make direct contact with police can call Hertfordshire’s Sunflower Centre on 0808 1784448, or visit www.hertssunflower.org.uk


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