Survivors UK, a London based charity that supports the male victims of rape, has been given a £78,000 donation from the Mayor's office to try and tackle the stigma around the issue.
The charity is aiming to reach out to more victims of rape and to try and raise awareness and understanding that male rape is also an issue, as well as trying to provide a 'safe space where they can get help'.
In a report by London Assembly member Kemi Badenoch it was estimated that around 92,000 rapes and sex attacks went unreported to police and authorities between the years of 2010 and 2014.
Ms Badenoch said, 'Male rape is rarely mentioned. No victim of rape or sexual assault should feel that they have nowhere to turn and be made to suffer in silence.'
Survivors UK chief executive Keith Best added, 'We are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. What we are seeing is that in many institutions, like schools, prisons and care homes, sex abuse is a problem.'
Survivors UK is hoping to use the new funding to continue the work that they already offer. The charity helps more than 150 through counselling and 2,500 people remotely a year and has over 20 years experience helping the victims and survivors of rape and sexual assault.