Council to raise awareness of impact of sexual assault

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North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) is working alongside local businesses and communities to help victims of sexual violence get the help they need during National Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week this week, (February 7 to 13).

Following the high profile and shocking murder cases of Sarah Everard and Sabina Ness, alongside many other tragic cases, the need for people to be aware of the dangers has become more prominent.

A QR poster campaign is being rolled out across locations and public spaces where men regularly visit, encouraging individuals to think about their own attitudes towards women and taking responsibility to challenge their own or friends’ negative  behaviour if they  witness it.

In Corby, locations will include support and leisure facilities, local pubs and restaurants. The posters will include a QR code for individual to scan, and access further information and support.

Further activities to coincide the week include:

  • A flyer hand-out event is being organised at Corby Town Football Club’s home match game in February, alongside a 1-minute clap to remember victims and survivors of sexual violence.
  • Northamptonshire Rape Crisis will be visiting the Corby Pubwatch forum to discuss the impact of sexual violence on victims/survivors and to give an overview of the support services they can offer.

There is also information available on the NNC website for anyone who may be struggling and need help, including local services and national helplines on a variety of different types of abuse.

Cllr Andy Mercer, NNC’s Executive Member for Housing and Community said:Sexual abuse is unacceptable in a civilised society. Our teams across North Northamptonshire, our partner organisations and individuals, are working jointly to keep everyone safe and free from abuse. We hope that this campaign will highlight the impact of sexual abuse and the support that is on offer.

For more information, additional help and support.