The national Disrespect NoBody campaign is running until the end of March and aims to prevent people from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships.
The campaign focuses on consent and sexting, providing education and information about relationship abuse and the forms it can take, and where you can go if you find yourself in an abusive relationship.
Sometimes, you can find yourself feeling pressured to do something you aren’t comfortable with, and it’s important to understand what consent is. Consent is a mutual agreement without pressure, and body language can often show how a person is really feeling. Just because consent has been given in the past, it doesn’t mean a person has consent every time they want to have sex. If a person is not given consent, it is rape.
When people talk about sexting, they usually mean sending or receiving a naked or underwear picture, sexual or ‘dirty’ pictures or rude messages or videos. No one should ever be pressured to send a sext, and once a sext has been sent you cannot control who sees or shares it. You should never send a sext to someone you have met online, as you can never be sure they are who they say they are.
People can help support the campaign on twitter with #disrespectnobody.
If you’re a parent and you’re concerned about your child being involved in an abusive relationship, or if you’re a young person and want to know more about the campaign visit https://www.disrespectnobody.co.uk, where there’s lots of useful information about consent, sexting and other issues, and also getting help.
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