“FUN without fear” is a new awareness campaign backed by myself and Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland.
I love that cities and towns across our region are known for offering the best night out; this campaign is about making sure we are the safest too.
Women have the right to feel safe whatever they are doing; whether they are on the dance floor or walking home from work.
There is a real passion amongst everyone involved – this is us coming together to say that we just won’t stand for it in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. Being grabbed, followed, touched up – whatever – it’s all very, very wrong.
I want this campaign to make things crystal clear – these things aren’t acceptable, they should be reported and the support is there ready and waiting for you; we believe you and want to help.
The vibrant eye-catching campaign, supported by all six local authorities and Northumbria Police, focuses on women’s safety in the night-time economy and ensuring they are supported.
Posters can be found in public spaces as well as digital and social media channels. It features information on how to get support as well as messages around zero tolerance and reassurance that action is being taken.
The project also features vulnerability training for those working in the night time economy – delivered by Northumbria Violence Reduction Unit and the expansion of Northumbria Police’s Operation Cloak, which protects vulnerable party-goers and catch offenders.
The campaign complements other campaigns promoting women’s safety in other public places such as on public transport or out in the region’s parks. Together, it is hoped women will be safe and feel safe throughout the region.
For more information about the campaign visit HERE