News – Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week

What is Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week and when does it happen?

Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of sexual abuse and violence and to provide an opportunity for any organisation or individual to engage in dialogue.

The Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week occurs on the first full week of February. For 2024 that will take place from 5th to 11th February.

Why do we need a designated week?

For countless years many organisations working in the sector of sexual abuse & violence were investing time, resources and funding into developing brilliant campaigns that – we felt – were not getting far and wide enough to reach enough of the public. The campaigns we have seen have been so powerful and informative and they needed to be elevated.

There are many voices that often go unheard or with little recognition. This week is an opportunity for anyone that wants to use their voice to join a conversation with thousands of others. Together we can amplify the voices that should be heard, we can spotlight support services and we can engage those outside of our sector, in the discussion.

A designated week where we could all join in one big conversation would help get more coverage of the subject and a greater breadth of conversation.

How can I get involved in Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week?

During the Awareness Week, hundreds of events take place, both online and in person, all over the country to raise awareness of sexual abuse & violence. Organisations, charities, schools, businesses, community groups and individuals host events to promote healthy discussions with regards to sexual abuse & sexual violence as well as shine a spotlight on what is normally a very hidden subject.

If you are holding an event, we would love to know about it to be able to share it on our social media platforms.

If you would like to host an event but are looking for some inspiration, have a google search or scroll through the hashtag from previous years. There have been some brilliant events.

If you are an individual reach out to your local sexual violence organisation to see how you can get involved. Or feel free to join the conversation on social media, we can not truly measure the impact a retweet or share can have for someone in need of support.

What resources are available?

We will continue to create the logo with the updated date, there are no other resources available from us. We are not a registered charity and have no team behind the scenes.

Everyone is welcome to use all or any of the logos if they wish, it is an easy way to raise awareness on social media and provide continuity. You can download the social media images and use them for your social media page banners or in new materials and resources.

Please feel free to utilise any campaign you have previously created and share them with the new logo, you do not have to reinvest every year to develop something new. That is not the aim. The aim is to share what you all already have and hope we reach new audiences with your brilliant content.

If you feel there would be value in sharing resources, we could look at developing a platform on the website to allow for that. Please let me know.

Can we create our own merchandise?

Yes! Please do! I won’t be selling merchandise in the future as there is no capacity for cost, storage and packaging. Awareness of the week grew quickly – which is great – but I am unable to keep up with the demand for merchandise.

*Top tip* don’t date them so you can use the leftovers year on year.

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