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Corby Borough Council says #ItsNotOk to Sexual Abuse and Violence

Release Date: 
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 13:00

#It’sNotOK is the message that Corby Borough Council’s Safer Corby will be spreading this week as we show our support to the latest campaign for Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week from 1st-7th February.

This week aims to encourage organisations from various sectors to collectively stand against sexual violence and abuse, while raising awareness of how sexual violence has devastating consequences for victims and their families, leaving individuals feeling isolated and traumatised.

Anyone can suffer from sexual abuse or sexual violence – age, gender, sexual orientation, social status, race or religion are no barrier. Both national and local police forces have seen an increase in serious and complex crimes, including rape and sexual offences. According to 2013 data  from the Office for National Statistics, 85,000 women and 12,000 men age 16 - 59 experience rape or sexual assault in England and Wales every year and only around 15% of those experiencing sexual violence report to the police.

From Monday (1st February) the Borough Council will set up an awareness display in Willow Place Retail Centre (Corby Town Centre) as well as post regular messages on all social media platforms.

Lead member for Housing and Neighbourhood Services Cllr Bob Eyles said:

‘This is an extremely important message and it is vital we stand with our partners to say sexual violence and abuse is not okay. This is a campaign we are pleased to be supporting and I hope that by raising awareness, people will think twice and more victims will come forward. Getting support during the current pandemic may seem difficult, but we will be providing information on support services and hopefully reassuring residents that help is out there no matter the situation.

For more information on the campaign and where to get help and advice, please visit the Safer Corby Facebook or Twitter pages.

More Information: 

For press enquiries please contact: Megan Gourlay, Corby Borough Council

Telephone: 01536 464022 Mobile: 07568 590 324

Email megan.gourlay@corby.gov.uk

Follow us on Twitter @CorbyBC

Last updated: Thursday 28th January 2021 12:57:31 PM
Review date: Wednesday 18th January 2023 12:56:55 PM