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Providing counselling and 1 to 1 support to men.

We would like to continue providing 15 hours a week of support to men.

Male abuse is incredibly common but often goes undetected. In general men do not seek help. This is for many reasons but one central issue is the perceived stigma attached of being a victim. The idea that “men don’t cry” or that getting help is a sign of weakness is very prevalent.


The consequences of not seeking help are varied but usually lead to inappropriate coping mechanisms being adopted, such as alcohol and drug abuse. These inappropriate coping strategies tend to destroy their lives and their family members’ lives; harm relationships of people close to them and has a negative effect on the wider society.

In 2013, after the Jimmy Saville scandal had broken, we began to receive phone calls and e-mails from male victims of abuse asking for help. We took the decision as a charity to change our name and our charitable objectives to incorporate a male service. In the first three years of this service running we have seen over 100 male clients ranging from 15 – 72 years of age and of all ethnicities and backgrounds. Although most of these clients were talking about historic sexual abuse some were still being abused.

Over the years we have identified a pattern of unhealthy coping mechanisms being used to cover up the mental and emotional effects of abuse. We found our experience of these clients was very similar to the to the picture seen nationally. Below is a summary of some of the horrifying statistics we as a society need to face up to.

• Suicide is the most common cause of death in MALES under 35

• 65% of Alcohol related deaths are MALES

• 79% of drug related deaths are MALES

• 99% of homelessness are MALES

• 75% of prison inmates have been abused as children/adults

• 46% of domestic abuse victims were MALE last year

• 9% of assaults resulted in the victim attempting suicide

•  61% of victims of serious sexual assault suffered mental or emotional problems

• 41% of victims reported having problems trusting people or having difficulty in their other relationships

• 45% reported suffering physical pain from the most recent serious sexual assault incident they had experienced since age 16. The physical injuries victims were most likely to suffer were minor bruising or a black eye (30%).

• 3% of victims reported contracting a disease from the incidents in 3%

• Men who abused girls had 2-3 victim’s men who abused boys had 12-15 victims.



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Clean Slate

To further or benefit Adults and Young People (the beneficiaries) in the UK, in particular in Cherwell and wider Oxfordshire, without distinction of sexual orientation, race or of political, religious or other opinions by associating together the said beneficiaries and voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to advance education, protect and preserve good physical and mental health, for the victims of Physical, Mental and Sexual Abuse. Relieve financial hardship and to provide facilities in the interest of social welfare for recreation leisure time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life for the beneficiaries.


Clean Slate has a huge passion for empowering people who have suffered at the hands of abusers. We believe these individuals deserve support and not to be shunned by society into the corner. Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.


We have been providing this service for 9 years in Oxfordshire and the service has developed as it had become more apparent that it is the individual’s mental health that is the worst effected as a result of the abuse. We see in excess of 150 clients a year (with a 70/30 split between women and men) and this is growing due to the need for long-term support.  


Approach

At Clean Slate we aim to provide an eclectic approach. (Different approaches appropriate to the client’s needs. This is based on the theory that there is no proof that any one theoretical approach works better than all others for a specific problem)

Each client has an initial assessment. A personal pathway is drawn up, which sets achievable goals, and this is then continually assessed throughout the process.


Experience

Our team has been working with victims of abuse now for over 9 years. Due to our narrow line of work we have become very experienced in dealing with the aftermath of abuse. The team is hugely dedicated, many having suffered abuse personally and being able to draw on that experience. Continued professional development is a core part to keeping the team up to date and moving forward.


Value for Money

The majority of our support comes from in-kind work carried out by our volunteers which equates to about £58,116.00 per year time given freely to provide a professional service and we only pay a peppercorn rent of £300.00 to cover accommodation, gas and electric. This means the overall cost to run this service has remained low.

Registered Charity Number: 1132281.

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