The Awareness Week will be the first week of February every year. This year – 2016 – will be the 1st – 7th February 2016.
Where will it be?
Across the entire United Kingdom.
How can I/we get involved?
If you are an individual you can join the conversation on social media following the topic hashtagand/or make contact with your local organisation to get involved in promoting awareness.
If you are an organisation you can recycle or create a campaign with the Awareness Week logo and hashtag to promote awareness of your services, prevention, support etc. As well as participate in social media conversations and involve your local media and community.
Is there a topic?
Yes. This year the topic of conversation is ‘it’s not okay’. There will be a hashtag in use throughout the week on social media #itsnotokay.
Why are we doing this?
It is important for everyone who has been affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence to be aware that as a country we will be having a public discussion about sexual abuse and sexual violence. Perpetrators also need to know that these discussions are taking place. It is time to put the topic at the forefront of a national conversation to promote specialist services that many organisations are offerings. The focus is going to be on the fact that all forms of sexual abuse and sexual violence are unacceptable and victims/survivors should not have to tolerate it. There should also be adequate services to support those who have experienced it and clear guidelines for reporting it.