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Nicholl to bring motion calling for council to play its part in tackling sexual harassment

October 31, 2018 3:41 PM

Kate NichollAlliance Councillor Kate Nicholl is to bring a motion calling for Belfast City Council to play its part in tackling sexual harassment.

Councillor Nicholl will bring the motion to tomorrow's Council meeting in the wake of the PSNI's No Grey Zone campaign, which is designed to educate people about sexual consent.

"I have been vocal about my experiences of sexual assault and harassment, and I know many people who have endured similar or worse. Because this behaviour occurs regularly, it often goes unreported," she said.

"The PSNI recently launched its No Grey Zone awareness campaign, which sets out what constitutes sexual assault, as well as debunking myths and providing information on available support. I believe everyone in our city should feel supported and empowered to speak out when a sexual assault occurs, and to achieve this more needs done.

"Tomorrow's motion looks to declare every Belfast City Council premises to be a No Grey Zone and resolves to arrange a cross-party delegation to meet with the PSNI, prosecutors, sexual violence charities and student representatives to identify how we can effectively support the campaign.

"The normalisation of sexual violence contributes to a wider negative cultural effect on society. The best way to tackle it is to change mindsets, so this is a conversation we all need to be part of. I hope this motion will play its part."

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