Blog Article | 1 February 2017

Survivors UK launch first clinic for sexually abused men

In partnership with Barts Health NHS Trust, Survivors UK have on January 30th 2017 opened the first clinic for men who have been sexually abused.

Find out more from Survivors UK:

About Clinic26

Clinic26 is a safe place for men who have experienced sexual abuse, assault or rape, to access sexual health services in a supportive environment. We offer both sexual health testing and support around sexual wellbeing.

Clinic26 is a partnership between Barts Health NHS Trust and SurvivorsUK.

During your visit you will be given the opportunity to access the following services:

  • A discussion with a Doctor around any sexual health concerns including routine sexual health testing, treatment for sexually transmitted infections and advice and referrals for your sexual wellbeing
  • A discussion with a support worker from SurvivorsUK for emotional support before and/or after your appointment, and for information on SurvivorsUK’s services and other services that may be helpful to you

You will not be made to talk about anything you do not want to talk about. Staff will go at your pace and will always ask your consent before anything is done.


In the news

The BBC reported on the opening of Clinic26 with the below news piece:

On average, 12,000 men are raped and 72,000 are sexually abused each year, Home Office statistics show.

The clinic has been set up in partnership with Survivors UK.

One sexual abuse victim said he was thrilled when he heard the clinic was opening.

Jay – not his real name – said he was sexually assaulted by a nurse when he had a routine health screening in 2013.

“I was hugely distressed by it (the assault). It took me nine months to go back for another screening,” he said.

Initially, the health trust did not take action against the nurse, but it eventually reinvestigated before another victim came forward. The nurse was found guilty and was jailed for two years.

Jay said he wanted to go to a place “where people knew” he’d been sexually assaulted and he didn’t have to disclose it to see the reaction.

Andy Williams, consultant physician at The Royal London Hospital, said: “We need to break the taboo that allows men to suffer in silence and this clinic is the beginning of what we hope will be a valued support resource for men in east London.”

Alan Robertson, Independent Sexual Violence Advisor at Survivors UK, said: “Going to a sexual health clinic can be a daunting prospect for anyone, but especially so for someone who has experienced trauma or an abuse of power.”

The clinic will run on the afternoon of the last Monday of each month.

Survivors UK launch first clinic for sexually abused men

Clinic26 takes place at the Ambrose King Centre at the Royal London Hospital. For information on getting to the Royal London Hospital see here.

The clinic is open on the last Monday of the month. The clinic is open from 1.15 to 5pm with limited pre-booked and walk-in appointments.

To make an appointment at Clinic26 please contact 0207 377 7306 or 0207 377 7307 and tell the receptionist that you would like to book for Clinic26. Alternatively, you can email

Survivors UK are a partner of UK SAYS NO MORE. They help men who have been sexually abused, offering counselling, guidance and support as well as raising awareness of their needs.

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