Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, has given his full backing to the #NoConsentNoSex campaign being run by Northamptonshire Police next week (30th May – 5th June).
The campaign, aimed at preventing sexual violence and challenging the attitudes and behaviours that lead to it, will run across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #NoConsentNoSex, in order to target young people – both potential victims and perpetrators – to help create an environment where sexual violence is not accepted but is prevented and challenged.
Running alongside various visuals, messages such as “Walking somebody home isn’t a crime – rape is” and “If somebody hasn’t consented and you still have sex with them it’s called rape #NoConsentNoSex” will be posted, aimed at educating and creating discussion while signposting people to help and support if they have already been a victim but have been too afraid to report it.
Stephen Mold, who was elected to the position of Police and Crime Commissioner earlier this month, said:
“The recent Teens Relationships Consultation revealed that one in five 16-18 year olds in Northamptonshire have been pressured in to doing something they didn’t want to do while in a relationship, while the equivalent of a child in every classroom has been physically forced in to doing something they didn’t want to do.
“These shocking findings show we must take action to prevent these crimes from happening and make sure potential perpetrators know that any such behaviour is simply not acceptable, and that sex without consent is rape – whatever the circumstances.
“I hope that this campaign will encourage those who are a victim of sexual violence to come forward and report the crime that has been committed against them, and be assured that they will be believed and supported to the fullest extent by Northamptonshire Police. We also have excellent support services in Northamptonshire, and I hope anyone who is a victim of sexual violence reaches out so that we can give them the support they need to feel safe and to overcome these awful experiences.”
Superintendent Steve Lingley, Head of Safeguarding, added:
“It is important for people to understand what consent is and that sex without consent is rape. Perpetrators also need to understand that if they cross the line we will take action.
“We are dedicated to helping anyone – male or female and whatever the circumstances – who may have been a victim of these crimes.
“We understand that reporting a rape or sexual assault is often an extremely difficult thing to do but our first priority is your safety and security.
“This is why we have a team of specially trained officers who can help and support victims throughout the entire process. These officers will investigate offences in a discreet and professional manner offering help, support and guidance from the time of reporting right through to the conclusion of an investigation.
“Perpetrators need to be aware that as well as a lengthy prison sentence and being placed on the sex offender register, a conviction for rape can place significant restrictions on career choices, severely affect job prospects and limit overseas travel. In other words, it’s life changing.”
Northamptonshire Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (NRICC) is also supporting the campaign. NRICC manager, Dawn Thomas, commented:
“Northamptonshire Rape Crisis is pleased to be working with Northamptonshire Police and partners on this campaign, we have 30 years experiences of supporting survivors both male and female.
“Digital technologies has become a significant and completely integrated part of our daily lives we hope this on-line campaign will reach more survivors and their non-offending friends and family to seek support.”
Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can report it to Northamptonshire Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
In addition to this, there are a range of support and advice services available, including:
Northamptonshire Rape Crisis (NRC)
Providing sensitive confidential advice, counselling, ISVA support and advocacy on any form of sexual violence / sexual abuse
- Helpline: 0300 222 5930 (Mon-Fri 10am-3pm)
- Office line 01604 250721
Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Serenity)
Providing a sensitive and confidential service to anyone in Northamptonshire who has been a victim of rape or serious sexual assault
- 01604 601713
Voice for Victims and Witnesses
Practical and emotional support for victims and witnesses of crime in Northamptonshire
- 0300 303 1965