Have your SAY, BUST the myths

Date published: 06 September 2021

A survey has launched to seek views on which rape and sexual offences myths are most prevalent in our society and therefore which ones should be prioritised for challenge.

A survey has launched to seek views on which rape and sexual offences myths are most prevalent in our society and therefore which ones should be prioritised for challenge.

Rape Myths are false beliefs, biased expectations and misconceptions around the realities of rape and sexual assault and can sometimes be used to excuse sexual violence, justify rape, create hostility towards victims and can even lead to bias in criminal prosecutions.

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Have you say, bust the myths

This survey is being undertaken by the Gillen Education and Awareness Working Group which is led by the Department of Justice. The Working Group is made up of representatives from, amongst others, Nexus, Cara Friend, Raise Your Voice, Common Youth, The Rainbow Project, Health & Social Care Trusts, Women’s Aid, NSPCC, Informing Choices NI, NI Youth Forum, Compass Advocacy Network and Men’s Advisory Project NI.

The Working Group will use the information collected to develop a communications campaign to raise awareness and to challenge some of the false myths surrounding serious sexual offences.

The survey will run for 10 weeks, from 6 September to 15 November 2021.

For further information or to receive this survey in an alternative language you can do so by emailing: GillenReview.ImplementationTeam@justice-ni.gov.uk

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