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Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week (3-9 February) aims to raise awareness of sexual abuse and sexual violence, promote healthy discussions, and shine a spotlight on what is normally a very hidden subject.

Having a designated week enables organisations, charities, schools, businesses, community groups and individuals to all join in one big conversation to raise awareness of the issues around sexual abuse and sexual violence and open up a greater breadth of conversation.

Our Disclosure Response Team in partnership with the Brighton Students’ Union will be running stalls on all four campuses where you can give your voice to the conversation, take a pledge against sexual abuse and sexual violence, and find out more about our support services.

Visit our stalls

  • Monday 3 February 12-2pm, Grand Parade building, City campus
  • Tuesday 4 February 12-2pm, Sprinters restaurant, Eastbourne
  • Wednesday 5 February 12-2pm, Ringmer House, Falmer
  • Thursday 6 February 12-2pm, Cockcroft, Moulsecoomb

What is Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week

Organisers hope a week-long series of events across the UK, hosted by local organisations, will spread the message that any form of sexual abuse and sexual violence is unacceptable.

The week aims to generate discussion among the general public, statutory bodies and third sector organisations about how sexual abuse and sexual violence is not ok, it aims to empower victims and send out a clear message that the UK collectively will be saying ‘It’s Not Ok’.

Individuals and organisations across the country will be getting involved with their own events, campaigns, conferences, training and social media activities. Related events, discussion points and activities can be followed on social media via the hashtag #ItsNotOk.

Disclosure Response Team

If you are experiencing any form of violence or abuse, please know that you do not need to suffer in silence.

You can disclose an incident to the university’s Disclosure Response Team (DRT), either with your name or anonymously. The DRT provides support to students of all genders.

Local activity

To mark the week, Survivors’ Network are hosting a free workshop for anyone who may encounter a disclosure of sexual assault or abuse, on Monday 3 February 2020 in Brighton. Tickets through eventbrite.co.uk

More information

You can also find more information and advice in the university’s leaflet Sexual violence: information, help and support for our students.

Marianne Halavage • January 30, 2020


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