Rape Crisis supports first UK Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week

4 Feb 2016

The first ever Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week for the United Kingdom kicked off on Monday (1st February 2016) with a ground-breaking launch at London’s City Hall , at which Rape Crisis England & Wales was pleased and proud to be in attendance.

Organisers hope the nationwide week-long series of events, from 1st – 7th February, will spread the message that any form of sexual abuse and violence is unacceptable.  The campaign aims to generate discussion among the general public, statutory bodies and third sector organisations about how best to tackle sexual abuse and violence. 

The theme of the week is ‘It’s Not Ok’ and individuals and organisations across the country have been getting involved with their own events and campaigns.

All of the biggest events, discussion points and activities are being shared and followed on social media via the hashtag #ItsNotOk. 

Organiser Yehudis Goldsobel said:

 “We want to put this sensitive topic at the forefront of the national conversation.

“Anyone who’s been affected by sexual abuse or sexual violence needs to know they are not alone and that action is being taken.

“We also want perpetrators to know it will not be tolerated and they will face prosecution. All forms of sexual abuse and sexual violence are totally unacceptable and we want to get this message across.”

Katie Russell, Rape Crisis England & Wales spokeswoman, said:

"We're very happy to be supporting and contributing to this week-long campaign.  Through our 40 years' experience of providing frontline, specialist support and advocacy to women and girls who have been sexually abused, raped or sexually assaulted, we know that silence and lack of awareness, both of the extent and impacts of sexual violence, contribute to an environment in which survivors don't get the access to justice and services they want and deserve.

Any initiative that puts sexual violence on the agenda, generates important conversations, dispels myths and stereotypes, and sends the strong message to survivors that they are not alone, must be welcomed and encouraged.

We hope that this Awareness Week will be the first of many."