NEXUS NI is encouraging residents of Belfast and beyond to take the pledge to do more to #BreakTheSilence on sexual violence during Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Week 2018, taking place from 5th – 11th February 2018.
An open office at the Nexus Belfast branch, officially opened by Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister, took place alongside a week-long series of events organised by the charity throughout the duration of the awareness week, which also included a sold-out conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.
Thursday evening will also see Belfast City Hall light up in Nexus colours to shine a light on the charity, encouraging people from across Northern Ireland to come forward if they have been a victim of any type of sexual violence or abuse.
Nexus NI offers support and services to people who have been affected by sexual violence in any form, this includes sexual assault or harassment, rape, sexual abuse, exploitation or grooming.
Nexus also offers training, post primary education workshops and additional support for families of victims.
Chief Executive of Nexus NI, Cara Cash said:
“We want to use this awareness week to spread the message that any form of sexual abuse or sexual violence is unacceptable.
“By putting sexual abuse and violence awareness on agenda, we can help dispel any myths and stereotypes and, ultimately, encourage more victims to come forward.
“This week we are encouraging people to share our pledge on social media and help us communicate how important our service is to all victims and survivors of abuse.”
Belfast residents are encouraged to take the pledge via the Nexus social channels and join in the conversation online throughout the duration of the week by following the Nexus hashtag #BreaktheSIlence and the national hashtag #ItsNotOK2018.
The Nexus service is completely confidential.
Anyone who has been affected by sexual violence can contact Nexus, The Rowan, Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 028 94 424 340, the 24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414 or the PSNI on 999.
To find out more or to contact Nexus NI, visit nexusni.org or contact one of the three regional Nexus NI offices;
- Belfast: 028 9032 6803
- Derry: 028 7126 0566
- Enniskillen: 028 6632 0046