Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2017

Organisers hope the nationwide week-long series of events, from 6th to 12th February, will spread the message that any form of sexual abuse and violence is unacceptable.

The seven-day programme 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 will be getting involved with their own events and campaigns.

Healthwatch Essex Ambassador, John Wills, who is himself a survivor of child sexual abuse is being interviewed by ITV news as part of the launch.

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

Organisers 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

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