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 third annual national sexual abuse and violence awareness week is scheduled to take place from the 3rd – 9th February 2020 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.
The week aims to generate discussion among the general public, statutory bodies and third sector organisations 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’.
Individuals and organisations across the country will be getting involved with their own events, campaigns, conferences, training and social media activities. Many of the events, discussion points and activities can be found on our website here (http://sexualabuseandsexualviolenceawarenessweek.org/find-events/) and followed on social media via the hashtag #ItsNotOk.
Organiser Yehudis Goldsobel said: “Over the past few years we have seen the steady growth in involvement in this awareness week. Countless organisations have participated with hundreds of events happening both on social media and face-to-face across the country.”
“The message is slowly being heard – sexual abuse and sexual violence is not ok. We can only add to this by encouraging everyone to participate in the discussions, not only victims and survivors, but all of us can help shine a light.”
“A group of London organisations and I will be hosting an event to Light Up the Night by lighting up Millennium Bridge in London in solidarity with survivors. We encourage the public to come and join us.”
UAVA is a Consortium of three local specialist providers of domestic abuse and sexual violence services based in Leicester. FreeVA, Women’s Aid Leicestershire Ltd and Living Without Abuse aim to provide appropriate and timely support, information and practical assistance to anyone who has been affected by sexual and domestic violence to support their safety and recovery