#itsnotok

It’s not ok to have to deal with sexual abuse or sexual violence. It’s not ok to suffer in silence. It’s not ok to have to deal with it on your own

#ITSNOTOK

It’s not ok to have to deal with sexual abuse or sexual violence. It’s not ok to suffer in silence. It’s not ok to have to deal with it on your own.

Londoners are being asked to come together and help to ensure that anyone who may be suffering with sexual abuse or sexual violence understands that they are not alone and should not have to suffer in silence. Whether you wish to report to police or not, there are always people on hand to listen and support you. There are a number of charities and organisations who can provide guidance and support to any victims.

Today sees the start of the 4th annual #ITSNOTOK campaign – a national sexual abuse and sexual violence awareness week. We are supporting this awareness week through a series of videos on our social media channels, including featuring various officers and staff from across the organisation reading out statements of empowerment and interviews with two brave survivors who have come forward to share their stories, talk about their experiences coming forward and explain how speaking up has changed their lives for the better.

It is hoped that this content will help to give those who may be suffering sexual abuse the courage and confidence to come forward and report it to police or other agencies that support victims of sexual abuse and violence. You can watch these videos as they are issued throughout the week on our Twitter page @metpoliceuk

If you or anyone you know is a victim of sexual abuse or sexual violence, please talk to someone. Police and other charities are also here to help.

Anyone who does wish to report sexual abuse or violence to police can do so by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency, or by visiting a police station. More information can be found at www.met.police.uk

We are supporting ITS NOT OK, a sexual abuse and sexual violence awareness week which runs from 4th-10th February. Find out more by visiting: http://sexualabuseandsexualviolenceawarenessweek.org/

Join the conversation – speak up, speak out.

Met Police campaign video (Facebook)

https://www.facebook.com/BromleyNeighbourhoodWatch/

Author: Bromley Neighbourhood Watch Association

Neighbourhood Watch is a partnership where everyone comes together to make their communities safer. It involves Police, Local Authorities, other voluntary organisations and, above all, individuals who want to make their neighbourhoods better places to live. It aims to help people protect themselves and their properties and to reduce the fear of crime by means of improved home security, greater vigilance, reporting of suspicious incidents and by fostering a community spirit. It relies on unpaid volunteers at all levels of the organisation and is always looking for more volunteers to fill the many gaps, particularly at local level. Bromley Neighbourhood Watch Association has over 600 Coordinators serving the local community and our objectives are: To help prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance, creating and maintaining a caring community and reducing opportunities for crime by increasing crime prevention awareness. To assist Police in detecting crime by promoting effective communication and the prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity. To reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about risks and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit, particularly amongst the more vulnerable members of the community

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