The Metropolitan Police is supporting #ITSNOTOK - a national sexual abuse and sexual violence awareness week which starts today, Monday, 6 February.
During the week, a series of videos will be released on social media with survivors of sexual abuse and violence talking about their personal experience of reporting it to police. The videos will be posted via the Met's Facebook https://www.facebook.com/metpoliceuk/ and the main Met Twitter account @metpoliceuk - using the campaign's hashtag #ITSNOTOK.
It is hoped that the stories will help to give others 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.
Officers from across the Met will also be using their social media accounts to raise awareness of sexual abuse and sexual violence and show those that have suffered abuse or violence that it is not ok to have to deal with it on your own and that police are here to support those that have been abused.
Messages and posts on the Met's various social media accounts will be focused on the following four key themes with additional content and links to further information and support for each day:
+ Police are here to help all victims of sexual violence
+ It's not ok to have to deal with this on your own
+ It's not ok to sexually exploit or abuse anyone
+ Talk to police about those you think are causing harm
The #ITSNOTOK campaign is in its second year and is supported by various police forces and rape, sexual abuse and sexual violence charities from across the UK. More information about the campaign can be found at:
Detective Chief Superintendent Ivan Balhatchet, from the Met's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said: "It is for all us to challenge and tackle sexual abuse. It is never the survivor or victim's fault and we need to turn the conversation and speak out against those who commit sexual offences.
"We will help and support anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse and encourage people to come forward and speak to us."
Anyone who wants 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 is also available at www.met.police.uk