Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week FAQ

What is Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week?

The inaugural Awareness Week has been established to give an opportunity for the general public, statutory and third sector organisations to participate in a discussion about sexual abuse and sexual violence.

During the week people will raise awareness about sexual abuse and sexual violence and how to prevent it in the UK.

When is the Awareness Week?

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 hashtag and/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 (both are attached as images) 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.

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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.


Is it focused towards a specific group?

No. The Awareness Week is all inclusive. We want to ensure that everyone who has been subjected to sexual abuse and sexual violence can access the most appropriate support and advice, regardless of their ethnicity, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or religion.


Who do I contact for more information?

Is there a website?

Yes the website is The website will be a point of signposting for any member of the public. If you are a registered charity providing support for individuals affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence you can provide your contact details to be included on the website.


You can also find us on:

Facebook at

Twitter @itsnotok

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Press & Media Inquiries

BASPCAN – / Jonathan Picken

Migdal Emunah – / Yehudis Goldsobel / 07899 814 137

NAPAC – / Gabriella Shaw / 020 3176 0560

NSPCC – / Rohini Pahl / 020 3772 9193

Rape Crisis – / Katie Russell / 07442 499777

Survivors UK – Keith Best / 020 3598 3898

Survivors Of Abuse – / Diane Sealey Carrot PR ( ) / 07798 524846

The Survivors Trust – / Sarah Cheadle – 01788 550554 or Fay Maxted – 07713 147829

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