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Male rape:Police urge victims to report crime

Break the Silence poster Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police are joining forces with Survivors Manchester to encourage more men to break the silence and report rape,

There's been an increase in the number of men reporting rape in the last 12 months. However, police suspect a large number go unreported.

From April 2014 there have been 84 incidents of rape or attempted rape reported, compared with 35 the previous year.

Campaign posters feature real men rather than professional models, all of whom put themselves forward following a Facebook appeal from Survivors Manchester for volunteers.

Rape is a difficult subject to talk about and we appreciate coming forward is never easy.

We know male rape is heavily under-reported and want to reach out to men and let them know help is available.

As the poster says, we’re here for you and will never judge you.

– Detective Inspector Damian Simpson from Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit

We need to work together to break the silence that surrounds the rape and sexual assault of men, so those affected can get the support they deserve. GMP are working hard to ensure that boys and men don't go unnoticed and by working together, we can break the silence of the sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation of boys and men

– Duncan Craig, Chief Executive Officer and Psychotherapist, Survivors Manchester

You can follow the campaign on social media and join in the conversation using the hashtag #BreakTheSilence

To report an incident contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or Survivors Manchester on 0161 236 2182.