First Step Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are working together with other partner agencies across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to help spread the awareness for the ‘Its Not Okay’ campaign.

This week sees the 2nd year of the ‘Its not okay‘ campaign.

Partner agencies across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are working together to promote the campaign and each day there will be opportunities to watch Facebook Live links from the individual agencies.

Wednesday 8th is the day when First Step undertake their Facebook Live slot to share the support that males can access, whether it happened recently or a long time ago. The WRONG campaign football image has been produced to ensure that male victims are made aware of the services available to them.

Its Not Okay

Its Not Okay

Kayleigh Haywood

A film about aspects of last two weeks of Kayleigh Haywood. It is to be screened next week to people aged 18 and over who live in the communities in Ibstock, Measham and Coalville.

Adults living in the villages are invited to watch the film about Kayleigh Haywood, which has been produced by Leicestershire Police to highlight the dangers of online grooming to both parents and children.

In November last year, 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood was groomed online by 28-year-old Luke Harlow – a man she had never met. Over the course of 13 days, he sent Kayleigh Haywood more than 100 messages a day before she finally agreed to spend the night at his house in Ibstock.

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No More

Joyful Heart’s groundbreaking, celebrity-driven NO MORE PSA campaign calls on society to end the silence and inaction around domestic violence and sexual assault. 

The NO MORE PSA campaign was spearheaded by the Joyful Heart Foundation. They are one of the many championing organisations behind the NO MORE movement, and was directed by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay, the Joyful Heart’s Founder & President, in her directorial debut.

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We are shocked and share the devastation that our service users will feel with the outcome of today’s decision. Our priority now remains as it has always been, to provide support to those who have suffered the trauma of sexual abuse act which have often taken place during their formative periods of their lives.

For many accessing our services found that the system failed them in the past and the criminal justice system is failing them again. Not many will be able to comprehend how each individual will feel after the publication of the Director of Public Prosecution s decision today.

What we can be confident of is that support services such as ourselves and Leicestershire Police will be working tirelessly together to provide survivors with any support they may need in coming to terms with the decision taken. The impact of this decision will be far-reaching for the victims, their families and the Police officers from Leicestershire who have stood solidly together to get to this point.

At all points during this investigation there has been collaboration between the Police and agencies such as ourselves to ensure that support has been on hand at any point and this will continue to be the over-riding focus at this present time.