RASAC, the rape and sexual abuse counselling service provided by Community First, has been recognised for its services for male survivors through an accreditation from LimeCulture CIC.

RASAC offers free counselling for adults and under 18s in Winchester, Test Valley, Basingstoke, Hart, and Rushmoor, as well as a peer support programme for survivors (‘STEPS’) and an information and advice line.

The accreditation confirms its services meet the official Male Service Standards and it hopes it will help men and boys break their silence.

The Male Service Standards, developed through the Male Survivors Partnership and LimeCulture CIC, “enable organisations working with boys and men affected by sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation to improve and evidence the quality of service provision to male survivors, in particular recognising their gender-based needs.”

RASAC manager Steve Witheyman said: “All of us at RASAC are grateful for this accreditation from LimeCulture CIC. We are proud to be a quality provider of services for male survivors and we are committed to helping survivors in Central Hampshire and North Hampshire access the support they need regardless of characteristics or background.”

RASAC accepts self-referrals and the relevant forms are available on their website. The team can be contacted on 01962 807037, by text on 07860 027793, or by email.

The service is now resuming Covid-secure face-to-face counselling appointments after operating via telephone during the Coronavirus crisis.