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City of London Police support awareness week for sexual abuse and violence

  • The national awareness week runs from Monday (4 February) to Sunday (10 February) 2019

  • City of London Police officers will attend an event on Tower Bridge on Wednesday

  • Find more support on the advice section of our website 

The City of London Police are supporting the Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week which starts today (Monday, 4 February 2019) and runs until Sunday (10 February 2019).

The week is dedicated to bringing together organisations and communities to promote awareness of sexual abuse and sexual violence. During this week our officers will be out in the community to share information and advice on how we can help to stop crimes of this nature.

What’s happening?

The City of London Police's Public Protection Unit (PPU) will be attending the Light up the Night event on Tower Bridge, on Wednesday (6 February) at 6pm. The night aims to light up the bridge in solidarity with victims and survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence. Members of the public are welcome to attend and show their support.

Throughout the week our officers will be visiting licensed premises to share information with the local community and the many people who visit the 900 pubs, bars and restaurants in the City. These visits will provide an opportunity for the public to engage with officers, ask them for advice or voice any concerns or problems they may have.

Our Police Cadets will be taking part in an education session to help raise awareness of sexual consent amongst young people. Our Communities team will encourage the cadets to discuss what it means to give, and gain, consent, provide answers to their questions, and listen to any of their worries or fears.

Detective Inspector Anna Rice said:

“The City of London Police continues to work hard to raise awareness and understanding of sexual abuse and sexual violence.

“Thankfully, crimes like this are not commonplace in the City but when they do happen, we, as a force, are committed to helping and supporting the victim, and bringing the perpetrator to justice.

“We would like to encourage those that have been a victim of sexual abuse or violence to come forward and report. Full support is always available from the City of London Police and more information about the services we provide can be found on our website.”

About us

The City of London Police Public Protection Unit (PPU) is made up of specially-trained officers, who are able to help, advise and investigate reports or rape and sexual offences. To speak to an officer call 0207 601 2940 from 8am to 6pm, Monday and Friday. To report a crime or speak to police outside of these hours, please call 101. In emergencies, please call 999.

For more information on support agencies which can assist and provide relevant advice, visit our dedicated rape and consent webpage, or follow our tweets from @CityPolice with the hashtag #itsnotok.

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