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Hertfordshire’s County Community Safety Unit launch new campaign for male victims of sexual assault
A new Hertfordshire campaign has been launched to encourage male victims of sexual assault not to suffer in silence.
This comes after it was estimated that one in nine males have been a victim at some point in their lives.
The campaign, called Operation Fortitude, is being launched by Hertfordshire’s County Community Safety Unit today (Monday).
Posters will be going up in locations around the county and business cards will be available to take away to make people aware of the specialist support that exists.
Publicity materials will be distributed in venues such as doctors’ surgeries, sexual health clinics, sports clubs and other public areas.
Hertfordshire’s Sexual Offences Investigation Team’s detective inspector, Tom Leeks, said: "Acknowledging that it is often very difficult and always very personal for male victims to report serious sexual offences to police, 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 towards 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."
While police encourage any victim of sexual assault to report it to them, anyone who would prefer not to make direct contact with police can use Hertfordshire’s Sunflower Centre, which is a specialist service that provides support and advice for anyone who has been through a sexual assault.
Sunflower Centre manager Sandra Lewin said: "Sexual abuse can have a devastating effect on the rest of your life and also impact on the friends and family around you. It may be abuse that happened a long time ago or it may be more recent than that.
"We are here to help and advise. Don’t suffer in silence, make your life whole again."
For more information about the Sunflower Centre visit www.hertssunflower.org or call 0808 178 4448.
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