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National Helpline for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse or Assault

Chat one-on-one with a trained advocate, 24/7.

If you are in immediate danger, of seriously harming yourself or being harmed by someone else,

we recommend calling 911 or going to the nearest hospital emergency room. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can help at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

This free and anonymous service is available 24/7, 365 days a year for men who’ve experienced sexual abuse or assault, and for the people who care about them.

Not a male survivor? Seeking services for yourself? Visit online.rainn.org for support.

Please note that there can sometimes be a long wait to speak with a specialist, especially if you are attempting to sign onto the service late at night or early in the morning, when we receive a high volume of chat requests. Do not close the waiting room window or you will lose your place in line. More details »

What services does the helpline provide?

  • Crisis intervention and support.
  • Answers to your questions about recovering from childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault.
  • Information about medical, emotional and behavioral issues related to abusive experiences.
  • Information about the criminal justice system, and what you might expect if you report the abuse.
  • Referrals to resources in your area (when available).
  • Information for family and friends of the person who may have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences.

How does it work?

It works just like instant messaging. You’ll go into a private chat session with a trained support specialist and communicate, live, by typing messages back and forth. The service is completely anonymous, and you do not have to give your name or any personal information.

Who provides the help?

Helpline services are provided through a collaboration between 1in6 and RAINN. All trained RAINN support specialists have successfully completed comprehensive sexual assault crisis response training as well as additional training developed by 1in6 about issues related to men. Local center and supervisors monitor sessions for quality control.

Does the helpline provide ongoing help?

The helpline provides crisis support and information about healing and reporting options. If you need ongoing help, our trained support specialists will work to help you identify and connect with local resources, which may provide individual and group support sessions and other services. You can always reach a local center directly by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE.

Which web browsers will work with the helpline?

One of the browsers below is needed to use the helpline:

We are working continuously to provide support for more browsers.