Male abuse victim support service launched

A service to help male victims of abuse has been launched after increased demand.

The support service for men and boys is the first of its kind in Oxfordshire and is run by Clean Slate.

Chairwoman of trustees Anjella Wilson-Bird said there had been more men asking for help after high-profile abuse cases like Jimmy Savile.

She said there was a shortage of counselling services for male victims of mental, sexual or physical abuse.

The Clean Slate charity was set up in 2009 for female victims of abuse and on Monday the service for men was launched in the county.

Ms Wilson-Bird said: "The service was limited at first but the more people who heard about it, the more men got in touch.

"I don't think it is a growing problem, I think the numbers are rising as more and more people are talking about it, especially after Operation Yewtree.

"There is not such a huge stigma over it now and it helps people to come forward."

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