Police launch Valentine's Day-themed poster campaign
A POSTER and Facebook campaign has been launched by Avon and Somerset police to coincide with Valentine's Day in a bid to raise awareness of sexual assault.
Although there is no evidence of a rise in sexual offences on February 14, police say awareness and education about the issue of alcohol, boundaries and consent is important.
The campaign features lonely hearts adverts from victims of rape and sexual assault.
Chief Superintendent Sarah Crew, who leads the rape aware campaign, said: "Rape is a short word but it carries a long sentence for both the victim and perpetrator of this crime.
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"We hope this campaign hits home and that people understand that when it comes to consent 'Only yes means yes'. Sex without consent is rape.
"We now have some fantastic crisis support and advocacy services to help each and every victim on the road to recovery and with specialist investigation teams like Operation Bluestone, the odds of arrest, prosecution and conviction are increasing year by year.
"The launch coincides with the One Billion Rising campaign which invites one billion women to walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to violence on February 14.
Avon and Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "Rape and sexual assault is never the victim's fault and it is important that we make men and women aware of the information available to them."