A COUNTYWIDE campaign to encourage victims to report rape and sexual crimes has the full support of Spalding police.
Lincolnshire Police is working with partner agencies to reassure victims “No Means No!”
The slogan is being used to highlight specialist services and support are available.
Sgt Stuart Hurst said: “Although incidents are no greater in Spalding than anywhere else, we know it happens and goes unreported, which is a concern.
“Taking that first step to reporting rape can be daunting – especially as it involves men as well as women. Culture, as well as fear, can prevent people reporting incidents, but we have specially trained officers they can talk to.”
Det Insp Sean Baxter, who has been key in developing the campaign, says: “The “No Means No!” campaign delivers a very simple message which we hope will instil in people from an early age the need to stay safe and give them the confidence to come forward if they do become victims.”
Partner agencies involved in the campaign include NHS Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire County Council. As well as promoting awareness of the support available, the campaign aims to prevent teenagers from becoming victims and perpetrators of abusive relationships.
Victims can contact Spalding police by calling 101 or by going to the station in Westlode Street.
Sgt Hurst said: “If anyone is worried about walking into the police station, they can use a third party such as The Samaritans, churches, a friend, colleges or an employer. Then we can organise a meeting with a specially trained officer.”