There has been a 33% increase in sexual assaults and rapes reported in Lincolnshire in 2018 compared with 2017.
The Students' Union are supporting The University and Lincolnshire Police in spreading awareness of this campaign.
Lincolnshire Police have launched the #GetConsent campaign which explains what consent is and dispels any myths surround it. They are also encouraging reporting and highlighting the support available for survivors of sexual assault.
Detective Supt Jon McAdam is Head of Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit. He explained the importance of the campaign:
"We take every opportunity to encourage victims to come forward. It’s important that students coming into the City see our Force as one to be trusted, one that is proactive in the highlighting of the importance of consent and one that will investigate a case meticulously and with compassion.
We have a department of specially trained officers who work closely with highly skilled, specialist and empathetic partners to ensure anyone who is a victim of sexual assault can get the right support they need.
We want to offer a reassurance that this is a safe City but if you do report a sexual assault to us, your report will be taken seriously, handled sensitively and could lead to decades behind bars for the offender."
Sex without consent is rape. There is no place for ambiguity, presumption or pressure.
Sexual consent relies on the person having freedom and capacity to agree to sexual activity.
Consent cannot be implied, assumed or ambiguous.
Consent is not the absence of objection; someone does not have to say “no”
Consent for one thing does not imply consent for anything else.
Consent one day does not mean consent for another day.
Being married or in a relationship does not entitle you to sex.
Consent is not implied by clothing, attitude or behaviour.
Consent can be withdrawn at any time.
Someone drunk or on drugs may not have capacity to consent.
Someone who is unconscious cannot consent.
Consent given after being bullied, pestered, intimidated or threatened is not consent.
Don’t make people drink tea. It may sound ludicrously obvious in the context of tea. This animation compares consenting to a cup of tea to sexual consent, therefore holding up some of the misconceptions for ridicule.
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Social media will be used to promote the campaign. Please help spread the message by sharing the Lincolnshire Police posts on Facebook and retweeting on Twitter using the hashtag #GetConsent.
Have you been affected?
A vital part of the campaign is about building trust and confidence in victims and highlighting the channels available who offer support. These agencies can help you regardless of if you decide to report your assault to Police. For more information see the Lincolnshire Police advice section on rape and sexual assault.
If you need help:
- For Police – Call 101 (or 999 in an emergency)
- For the University of Lincoln Student Wellbeing Centre call 01522 886400 or email [email protected] – you can also report sexual misconduct online.
- For Lincolnshire Rape Crisis – support for anyone affected by any form of sexual violence – call 0800 33 4 55 00
- For Victim Lincs – advice and support for Lincolnshire victims – call 01522 947510