The event, held at Preston Flag Market on the 9th of November brings together a host of organisations with the aim of shining a light on sexual violence, the impact it has on victims and what local support services can do to help people move forward should they be affected.
Lancashire Victim Services, Trust House Lancashire, the Birchall Trust, the Safe Centre and Safenet have all been involved in organising the event alongside local NHS and education providers including Lancaster University and Edge Hill University who have also given their support to the cause.
Alexandra Gornall, Operations Manager for Specialist Services at Lancashire Victim Services said: “We are really proud to be supporting this event to highlight the issue of sexual violence and to tell people about the support we can offer.
“Our specialist team of Independent Sexual Violence Advocates can offer emotional support and practical help to anyone affected by any kind of sexual violence. We also have a specialist team to work with children and young people.
“We will work with you at your pace and in a way that suits you best so please contact us and we will find the best way forward together.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden, who commissions Lancashire Victim Services added: “It’s fantastic to see local services working together to raise awareness and to offer their support.
“There is no place for sexual violence here in Lancashire and tackling this type of crime will be a key priority in my new Police and Crime Plan for Lancashire going forward.
“I will continue to work closely with the Constabulary to target offenders, to bring them to justice and to keep Lancashire residents safe.”
The event will be followed by a candlelit vigil to provide a moment of reflection and remembrance for survivors of sexual violence.
Anyone in Lancashire affected by sexual violence can contact Lancashire Victim Services via the live chat on their website at www.lancashirevictimservices.org, by calling 0300 323 0085 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For details of all support organisations in your area visit sexualviolencesupport.co.uk.