Today marks the start of the second national sexual abuse and sexual violence awareness week.
Organisers hope the nationwide week-long series of events, hosted by local organisations, will spread the message that any form of sexual abuse and sexual violence is unacceptable.
The awareness week, which runs until Friday, February 12th, was established to give an opportunity for the general public, statutory and third sector organisations to participate in a discussion about how sexual abuse and sexual violence is not ok, it aims to empower victims and send out a clear message that the UK collectively will be saying ‘It’s Not Ok’.
During the week people raise awareness about sexual abuse and sexual violence and how to prevent it in the UK.
You can join the conversation on social media using #itsnotok and follow @itsnotok2017. You can even add a specially-designed Facebook cover and Twitter banner to your profile to show your support.
A host of events are also being held across the country which you can attend to show your support and meet like-minded people. Please click here to find a local event.
Organiser Yehudis Goldsobel said: “We need to put this topic at the forefront of the national conversation and not be afraid of it. Only then can we address prevention and change.
“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 we will all speak up about it – the shame lies only with them.
All forms of sexual abuse and sexual violence are totally unacceptable and we want to get this message across.”
For more information about this event please visit the Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2017 website.