Consent and Coronavirus

Working together to raise awareness of consent
and reduce sexual violence.

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Consent and Coronavirus

It is really important that people are aware that whatever their relationship, consent is key.  We are working hard to raise awareness of consent and empower people to get support and, during coronavirus, these messages are more important than ever.

We have seen some worrying trends during the pandemic and the lockdown period.  These have included a rise in domestic violence (which can include sexual violence) and a rise in the number of people needing help around revenge porn.  We know that some people may feel forced into sharing or receiving intimate photos or videos, they might feel pressured into isolating with someone or maybe they have been coerced into sex or sexual acts.

We are asking everyone to follow us on social media to spread positive messages around consent and support that is available.  We want as many people as possible to know that Consent during Coronavirus is still vital and that if they have been pushed into doing things that they are not comfortable with, are concerned about a situation they are in or are just not sure, help is available. Join us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook or share our website to your contacts.

You Deserve Support

Dealing with the fallout of the pandemic while being socially isolated is hard to cope with, especially for those who have experienced sexual violence or are concerned about a relationship or situation they are in.

We know that some people will be confined with their abuser, others may be living safely in a place where they were abused.  People who have experienced abuse in the past may be experiencing a re-emergence of trauma and related issues.  Whatever you are feeling you deserve support and there are organisations in Nottingham/shire who can help you.  These include:

Notts SVSS: 0115 941 0440 or visit their website

Topaz Centre: 0800 085 9993 or visit their website

EMCYPSAS: 0800 183 0023. or visit their website

24 hour sexual and domestic violence helpline 0808 800 0340

More information can be found on our Support and Reporting page.

If You are Unsafe

Sexual violence in the home is a form of domestic violence or abuse.  Whilst the current advice is to stay at home, if you are at risk of domestic or sexual abuse, it is okay to leave and seek help.  You can do this even if you have Coronavirus symptoms.

If you feel you are in danger, call 999.  For local support with domestic violence related situations including leaving and staying safe you can call:

Juno Women’s Aid: 0808 800 0340 or visit their website

Equation (service for men): 0115 960 5556 or visit their website

More information on domestic violence during the Coronavirus pandemic can be found on the Equation website.

 

Stay connected

We are posting information through our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter platforms during this time.  This includes updates relevant to the current situation, consent particularly during coronavirus and useful information on how to maintain good mental health during times of isolation and stress.  Help us to keep spreading this information by following us on social media and sharing out posts and website with your followers.

 

The Consent Coalition stands together to say that Nottingham does not tolerate any form of sexual violence.