Christmas partygoers told there's No Excuse For Abuse - The Solihull Observer

Christmas partygoers told there's No Excuse For Abuse

Solihull Editorial 11th Dec, 2022   0

CHRISTMAS partygoers have been warned there is no excuse for abuse when out and about at clubs and bars across the region.

West Midlands Victims’ Commissioner, Nicky Brennan has urged those going out to think carefully about their behaviour, particularly towards women, and to stop themselves before crossing the line in these spaces, on the street, and on public transport.

To support the message, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Foster, has launched his latest No Excuse For Abuse campaign, with messaging on a number of digital billboards across the West Midlands.

A new West Midlands website has also been launched and is set to provide guidance for victims of abuse of any kind, directing them towards vital information and the support services available in their area.

Ms Brennan said: “December is one of my favourite times of the year, not least because of the many celebrations and parties. It should be, and can be, a time of great joy. But it’s also a time when we see a rise in sexual assaults and harassment in bars and clubs.

“There is never an excuse for abuse of any kind. We need to rid ourselves of any notion that it is just a part of ‘going out’ at Christmas.

“What some people might think of as harmless fun or banter is actually a serious criminal offence that has a horrific impact on its victim, and it takes all of us to eradicate it for good.”

The Victims’ Commissioner further explained that everyone has a part to play in ending violence against women, and asked partygoers to be upstander for women’s safety, by calling out or reporting anyone they see acting inappropriately towards others.

She said there is more than one way to intervene in a situation, it doesn’t have to be a confrontation.

People can notify someone else, for example, a bartender or a police officer, or, if they feel comfortable doing so, speak to the person behaving inappropriately, directly in a safe manner.

If anyone feels there is a likely threat of violence towards the victim or yourself, you need to prioritise the safety and welfare of you both and you should then contact the police, by calling 999.


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