Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2017 Campaign

About the campaign:

Who: The week is an opportunity to raise awareness and encourage discussion about sexual abuse and sexual violence. The aim is to raise awareness but also to provide information on how to prevent it in the UK.

What: It’s Not OK, a campaign Counselling Directory are supporting.

Where: UK, nationwide.

When: Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2017, 6-12 February 2017.

Why: Create awareness and a support platform for victims. Show that ‘It’s Not OK’.


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Sexual abuse page, featuring information and support for victims of sexual abuse.

A review of the Gaslighting Campaign’s film, Gaslighting. 

An article focussing on the power of talking.

Unique social media posts made for the campaign.

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Here are some statistics about sex abuse in the UK:

  • It is estimated that 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales every year.
  • Of those who experience sexual abuse, only 15% choose to report it to the police.
  • 1 in 5 women aged 16-59 has experienced some form of sexual violence.

Source: An Overview of Sexual Offending in England and Wales, the first ever joint official statistics bulletin on sexual violence released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Home Office in January 2013.

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Q: How can sexual abuse and sexual violence be prevented in the UK?

A: “Will we be able to devise a preventive model that actually eradicates child sexual abuse, or at least provide earlier alerts? With it being so prevalent and ingrained in the fabric of our society it seems not, but we can make a concerted effort to do our absolute best as a nation. With government backing, legislation, funding, tougher sentences and a collaborative approach from those mentioned above, as well as the courts, the police and the therapeutic professions we can do better. Investing in prevention is key; it is likely to cost less than investing in the cure”, Counselling Directory member Yvonne Douglas said.

Additional resources

Counselling Directory will be using #ItsNotOK

About Counselling Directory

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Interviews with professional counsellors and additional information on this topic is available upon request.

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