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Sexual violence/abuse week 2018 – 5th -11th February

This week asphaleia is supporting sexual abuse and sexual violence week 2018, to raise awareness and generate discussion within our organisation, our partner agencies and the young people we work with.

Sexual abuse and violence occurs throughout the world and has a profound impact on physical and mental health, with serious (short and long-term) consequences for victims and their families.

  • 1 in 20 children in the UK have been sexually abused (NSPCC, 2017).
  • Approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales alone every year; that’s roughly 11 rapes (of adults alone) every hour. These figures include assaults by penetration and attempts.
  • Nearly half a million adults are sexually assaulted in England and Wales each year.
  • 1 in 5 women aged 16 – 59 has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16 (MoJ, 2013).

How do you define child sexual abuse? (NSPCC, 2018)

There are two different types of child sexual abuse. These are called contact abuse and non-contact abuse.

Contact abuse involves touching activities where an abuser makes physical contact with a child, including penetration. It includes:

  • sexual touching of any part of the body whether the child’s wearing clothes or not
  • rape or penetration by putting an object or body part inside a child’s mouth, vagina or anus
  • forcing or encouraging a child to take part in sexual activity
  • making a child take their clothes off, touch someone else’s genitals or masturbate.

Non-contact abuse involves non-touching activities, such as groomingexploitation, persuading children to perform sexual acts over the internet and flashing. It includes:

  • encouraging a child to watch or hear sexual acts
  • not taking proper measures to prevent a child being exposed to sexual activities by others
  • meeting a child following sexual grooming with the intent of abusing them
  • online abuse including making, viewing or distributing child abuse images
  • allowing someone else to make, view or distribute child abuse images
  • showing pornography to a child
  • sexually exploiting a child for money, power or status (child exploitation).

All forms of sexual abuse and sexual violence are totally unacceptable, please join us and add your voice to thousands of people across the UK saying #itsnotok.

Find out more: http://sexualabuseandsexualviolenceawarenessweek.org/

Look out for more updates on our social media during the campaign week.

Are you a professional working with young people and you want to know more about signs and indicators of sexual abuse or how to seek further support for a young person?  Please contact a member of our SAFE team, based in Worthing, London and Kent- headoffice@asphaleia.co.uk

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