Call to talk about sexual abuse and sexual violence with #ItsNotOK

06/02/2017

Commenting on National Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2017, which is calling on the UK to collectively say ‘It’s Not OK” and spread the hashtag #ItsNotOk on social media, Sussex PCC Katy Bourne said:

“Talking about sexual abuse and sexual violence is always difficult so I fully support this drive to stand by victims and say ‘It’s Not Ok’. It is vital that we as a country talk about sexual abuse and sexual violence, make sure victims know that they are not alone and ensure perpetrators understand that it will not be tolerated.

“I have developed the Safe Space Sussex website for all victims and witnesses of crime in Sussex. It offers direct access to help and support through an online directory of local specialist services. The site also provides information about different types of crime and what happens at each stage of the criminal justice system, helping to ‘demystify’ the process for people when they may be at their most vulnerable.”

Notes for editors

  1. The second annual national awareness week is scheduled to take place from the 6th – 12th February 2017 across the UK.  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.
  2.  All of the events, discussion points and activities can be found on our website here and followed on social media via the hashtag #ItsNotOk.
  3. The Safe Space Sussex website is here
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