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Light Up The Night with City of London Police

  • The awareness week runs from Monday (5 February) to Sunday (11 February) 2018

  • The Public Protection Unit will be at an event on Millennium bridge tonight

  • Find more support on the advice section of our website 


The City of London Police are supporting Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Week which starts today (Monday, 5 February 2018) and runs until Sunday (11 February 2018.)

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 Public Protection Unit (PPU) will be attending the Light Up The Night event on Millennium Bridge, today (Monday 5 February 2018) at 6pm. The night aims to light up the bridge in solidarity with victims and survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence. The team will also be handing out information leaflets and panic alarms at the event.

On Wednesday (7 February 2018), PPU will be holding a stall in One New Change between 12pm and 2pm to share information with the community. People are welcome to visit the stall to receive information and advice, and to also have the opportunity to speak to officers from the unit.


Detective Inspector Anna Rice, head of the City of London Police PPU, said:

“We are proud to support this awareness week which shines a light on sexual abuse and sexual violence. Here in the City we are working hard to raise awareness and understanding of these types of crimes.

“It would be easy to assume that everyone knows that having sex without consent is rape, and that it doesn’t need explaining, but sadly this is often not borne out by the cases we deal with.

“We’re fortunate in the City that, statistically, rape and sexual abuse is rare, but when it does happen it is devastating for the victim.

“We would like to encourage those that have been a victim of sexual abuse or violence to come forward and report. Full support is available from the City of London Police for those who have experienced sexual abuse and rape.”


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 sexual consent webpage, or follow our tweets from @CityPolice with the hashtag #itsnotok.

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