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February 3rd – 9th 2020, marked Sexual Violence Awareness week and the joining together of local authorities and sexual violence support services in delivering the message – “you are believed.”
Sexual Violence Awareness week is the UK’s national week for raising awareness’s of sexual abuse and violence. Representatives from local agencies shared news about their campaigning on local radio stations. Middlesbrough showed its solidarity by lighting up the centre’s square in green.
SARC Teesside is delivered by Safe in Tees Valley based in North Ormesby (Middlesbrough), offers free confidential advice, support and medical/forensic examinations – whether or not a victim wishes to make a report to the police. SARC Teesside delivered a Q&A session to professionals, regarding how to receive and manage a disclosure of sexual violence/abuse in their job role.
SARC joined other sexual violence support campaigns at Teesside University’s Students’ Union in hosting a stall, offering information and awareness for students. In solidarity for the campaign, students created a visual art piece. This voiced the reasons why sexual violence and abuse is unacceptable – prominently featuring the slogan used throughout the campaign, “it’s not ok.”
During the week SARC also delivered a workshop to students and professionals from the welding, electrical and engineering industry – from NETA training. This workshop shared ideas on respect and the importance of sexual consent.
Training was delivered to North Tees Hospital’s A&E team and SARC coordinated a stall at James Cook University Hospital for any members of the public wishing to gain more information about the awareness campaign.