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Nottinghamshire Police launch Consent Coalition to help tackle sexual violence and abuse

A programme has been launched by police to tackle sexual violence and abuse.

The Consent Coalition hopes to raise awareness of sexual consent, what constitutes rape and sexual violence, and encourage survivors to access help.

Nottinghamshire Police said removing a condom during sex without consent is rape, and that people need to get consent even if they are in a relationship.

Nottinghamshire Police.
Nottinghamshire Police.

The coalition is made up of sexual violence organisations, statutory services and universities, and has asked people to get involved by taking surveys and looking at, using and sharing resources available on its website.

The launch, which coincided with the start of Sexual Violence Awareness Week on Monday, is centred around a series of #GetConsent posters with positive messages.

Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Reports of rape and sexual violence have risen over recent years and I urge anyone who has been attacked to report it to the police, so the person responsible can be brought to justice.

“It’s also important for their own recovery from this most traumatic type of crime that they access the specialised support services that are available to them.

“I ask everyone on a night out with friends to look out for each other, and if they think that someone needs help, to make sure they receive it and are safe from harm.”

For more information on the initiative, go to bit.ly/2Un9auu

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