'It's not ok': Hackney Police urge sex abuse survivors to speak out
PUBLISHED: 14:18 05 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:43 05 February 2018
Police in Hackney are urging survivors of sexual abuse to speak out, as figures show reports have increased by nearly 12 per cent in the borough over the past year.
Today marks the start of a week to highlight sexual violence and sexual abuse (SVSA) awareness across the country.
Using the slogan #ITSNOTOK campaigners will gather on the Millennium Bridge tonight at 6pm for a vigil.
Some 805 sexual offences were reported in Hackney in 2017.
Det Insp Paul Ridley told the Gazette: “Although we have seen a rise in the number of offences recorded in the past 12 months, this is in line with the capitals average. “There has been an increase in publicity surrounding these crimes. Stronger partnership links and positive campaigns such as this week’s raise awareness and empower victims, providing them with the confidence to come forward.”
To report those involved in abuse contact Hackney Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.