DEAR DEIDRE: AFTER a night out I was raped by a man.
I am a 28-year-old single male.
It happened three years ago as I was walking back to my flat in the early hours.
I want to report it to the police but I’m worried it might now be too late.
I have told nobody about the rape until recently.
I understand there is a stigma attached to male rape and sexual assault, and I know I haven’t been myself since it happened.
I confided in a pal after a few drinks.
He told me to go to the police.
I’m still having flashbacks and nightmares about it and have begun drinking heavily to help me cope.
I am really struggling and it’s making me feel like I can’t go on.
DEIDRE SAYS: I’m so sorry you suffered this horrific assault.
Men who are raped often find it even harder to talk about their ordeal than female victims.
Start by talking to SurvivorsUK, who counsel male victims of all forms of sexual abuse (survivorsuk.org, 020 3598 3898).
My e-leaflet for Male Rape Victims will also help you to decide whether or not to report it to the police.
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