Monday 6th February marked the beginning of Sexual Violence and Abuse Awareness Week, a UK wide campaign aimed at changing the conversation around these crimes, encouraging victims to come forward and seek help and highlighting the organisations across the UK that can help them.
Nexus NI marketed the week by launching our Break the Silence Strategy, our Nexus Pledge and Nexus Pins. Our strategy will be our guiding document over the next three years, and whilst undoubtedly ambitious, it communicates clearly that our priorities are as they have been, to offer the best possible service to anyone affected by sexual violence.
The Nexus Pledge is a way for anyone, within Nexus or not, to stand with victims, to let them know they are not alone and to encourage more conversations about these crimes. The pledge states “I stand with victims of sexual violence and I want to break the silence.” We are asking as many people as possible to take the pledge and would hope that we will see hundreds of people will do just that.
The Nexus Pins are our way of breaking the silence by saying nothing at all, they are a visual way to show support for victims, and we are hopeful people from all backgrounds will show their support and wear them.
We were delighted to welcome Michelle O’Neill, Clare Bailey and Paula Bradshaw to our head office to sign the pledge, hear about our strategic plans and receive their Nexus pins. We also welcomed partners from across the community and voluntary sector, PSNI, PPS, Belfast Met and UNITE. Those in attendance had the opportunity to hear directly from clients who have used our services about the impact that they have.
If you haven’t already, please take the Nexus pledge on your social media channels, together we can #breakthesilence!