A group of organisations within Nottingham are working together to spread awareness and improve understanding about consent and rape.

Consent Coalition is made up of specialist violence sectors, statutory services and universities including the University of Nottingham.

The launch of the project also coincides with the start of Sexual Violence Awareness Week. The campaign will spread information through various social media platforms with a collection of #getconsent posters available.

The coalition’s aim:

(According to their website)

  • To stand together and show that Nottingham does not tolerate any kind of sexual violence
  • To improve the understanding of consent
  • To empower victims and survivors of rape and sexual violence to seek support and/or report assaults to the police
  • To expose and challenge rape myths
  • To increase empathy towards survivors of sexual violence
  • To promote healthy and equal relationships
  • To prevent misogyny and sexual harassment
  • To challenge ‘lad culture’

Councillor Rebecca Langton, Portfolio Holder for Communities at Nottingham City Council, said: “No one should have to experience sexual violence or abuse. Yet people often believe the risk comes from ‘stranger danger’ and being attacked by someone unknown to them.

“Unfortunately the reality is, victims are more likely to know the perpetrator who harms them, they may even be in a relationship or married. In Nottingham we are committed to ensuring that victims and survivors are given the specialist support they need. We want to ensure people are not alone in their time of need.”

In support of survivors of sexual violence, the coalition have created an informative brochure named Your Journey which includes various reporting methods and information on support networks.

Nottinghamshire Police are in strong partnership with the project and encourage any victims of sexual offences to contact 101.

101 is the number to call when you need to contact Nottinghamshire Police and it’s less urgent than a 999 call. Calls cost 15p, no matter how long the call lasts.

Find out more about the project here: https://nottssvss.org.uk/consent-coalition/