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Say #ItsNotOk during awareness week

Series of videos will signpost available support

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Raising awareness of sexual abuse and sexual violence is the focus of a week-long campaign in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland this week.

The awareness week, which has a series of videos as its focal point, runs until 11th February.

The week is particularly aimed at faith groups and  men and women aged over-55s - two groups where it is known there is under-reporting of alleged incidents.

People can show their support by using #itsnotok on social media.

The campaign is being backed by Leicestershire Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and district and borough councils.

Other groups involved in the campaign include Victim First and UAVA (United Against Violence and Abuse), who run domestic abuse and sexual violence services.

The groups will be hosting a number of Facebook live videos throughout the week aimed at highlighting why those in under-reported groups, and all victims of sexual abuse, should seek help.


The videos feature across the awareness week to raise important issues for victims to consider. Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland has a number of groups able to offer help in a variety of ways. So, if you’ve been a victim of abuse, support is available.


Millicent Gant, manager of the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), said: “We’re really happy to be supporting and contributing to this campaign.

"Sexual abuse and sexual violence are both sensitive topics and we hope the awareness week will encourage conversation about these difficult subjects. By recognising these under-reported groups through a series of videos, we hope that anyone who has been affected by sexual abuse or sexual violence understands how they can report these issues and know they are not alone.”

Support is available from UAVA on 0808 80 200 28 at or Victim First on 0800 953 9595  or at

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