‘We can stop it’ campaign aims to cut rape toll

One of the rape campaign posters
One of the rape campaign posters

Police and partners have launched a Lancashire campaign to raise awareness about rape and educate young men about the law.

The month-long “We Can Stop It” campaign features posters, adverts and social media activity on the run-up to the busy festive period, when more people will be out socialising and when police see a rise in reports of rape.

The posters feature statements from both heterosexual and homosexual men such as “I listen when a girl says no. Do you?”, “I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t have sex with a girl when she’s too drunk. Are you?” and “I listen when a guy says no. Do you?”

The campaign also aims to highlight that earlier reporting increases the chances of offenders being traced, boosting the confidence of anyone who thinks they have been the victim of a crime.

The campaign is being funded by money seized from criminals in Lancashire.

Superintendent Andrew Murphy, Head of Public Protection Operations, said: “We deal with reports of rape across the county every day, and while there are many myths surrounding rape and sexual assault, this crime is rarely committed by a complete stranger.

“The majority of cases we deal with involve offences committed by someone known to the victim, whether they have met that day or have known each other for longer.”