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Silent victims and survivors are the focus of this year’s Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week.
This year’s event runs from Monday, February 7 to Sunday, February 13, with Middlesbrough Council and ARCH Teesside joining forces to raise awareness of the specialist support available.

February 7th – 13th February is Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week. To mark the week Middlesbrough Council and ARCH Teesside Specialist Sexual Violence Support Services have arranged a Virtual part performance, part installation, part collective call for action called Cutting Out created by Artistic Director Viv Gordon who is a theatre maker, survivor activist and arts and metal health campaigner. Cutting out is a production about community connection and belonging for survivors of child sex abuse. With an estimated 11 million adult survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse in the UK, Cutting Out is a call for action asking survivors and allies to reach out across the barriers that keep survivors isolated and silent.

Cutting Out will take place virtually via Microsoft teams on Friday 11 2022 February 2pm-3:30pm – To arrange a place on this please contact Claire Moore.

Claire_moore@middlesbrough.gov.uk and you will be sent a Microsoft Teams Invite so you can participate in the event.

Throughout the week there will also be awareness raised through the lighting of central buildings in Middlesbrough and via ARCH Teesside Facebook and Twitter social media pages. You can follow the national campaign using the #ITSNOTOK.