Support Our Service Donate If we all give little, we can achieve a lot! If only 3,000 people gave just £3 a month, we would be able to generate nearly 50% of our operating costs. That’s just £36 per person per year to ensure that Mankind can continue to deliver proven, high quality services for men in Sussex. Help us break free from the traditional charity fundraising cycle of ‘feast and famine’ Help us create something new - a Community Owned Organisation that tackles sexual abuse in a different way by: Recognising sexual abuse as an issue in which the whole community has a part to play; Putting people back in control and being part of the solution; Providing security against the shrinking pots of available funds. Why are we taking this approach? Ever since the Jimmy Savile scandal broke, it seems that every day brings another news story about abuse. This makes the world feel like a scary place - and no one seems to be doing anything about it! This can make us feel powerless and not know what to do We want to see a world where no one is silenced by sexual violence - and we believe the way to do that is by getting together to take back some control and start making a difference. Becoming a Mankind supporter can make that difference It is the little things in life that count, which is why we are only asking for a small amount. One small step for Mankind can make the world of difference to the future of the 1 in 6 men whose lives have been shattered by sexual violence. We see our future in the power of community By becoming a Mankind supporter, you will not only be making a positive contribution to our work, but also the communities in which we live - by each of us giving a little, we can achieve a lot. As a thank you to our supporters: Once we reach our target of 3000 supporters, we will hold a yearly prize draw with 3 prizes of £1,000 each. Why this will work? Like most small charities, we spend a lot of time and resource on writing applications and applying to funders. The pots of money are getting smaller and harder to find, and the hard truth is that funders are getting more strict on how we should spend the money. This means that we cannot fully realise the services that we think will help the most. We have realised that there is a better to way fund and operate Mankind. Taking a community-level approach to funding not only allows us to reach beyond current funding sources but places the community at the centre of our work by making them the major stakeholder. This directly challenges the three common preconceptions around sexual abuse. “Sexual abuse happens to individuals” - however, there is no such thing as an individual, we are all part of one or more communities: family, neighbour, peer groups, etc. “Sexual abuse happens in private” - but no space is truly private; everywhere is a community space of some sort: home, school, park etc. “Sexual abuse isolates individuals” – but no one truly lives in isolation; they can withdraw, but they are always surrounded by some type of community, be it work, family, friends etc. The traditional response to sexual abuse has been to focus solely on the individual through an isolated therapeutic intervention. Our experience of talking with clients and the public has led us to believe that sexual abuse is a community level issue – it takes place within a community context, therefore the community plays a vital role in the individual's ability to acknowledge what has happened to them, receive help and support, and ultimately become an integrated and healthy part of their community again.