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Centre Square fountain goes green to raise awareness

Middlesbrough's Centre Square fountain has this week been running green to raise awareness of sexual abuse and sexual violence.

Middlesbrough Council have made the change to highlight the work of Arch North East, who give support to victims and survivors, during Sexual Violence Awareness Week (February 4-10).

The theme for 2019 is #itsnotok and the green is to match Arch’s logo colour.

Nicky Harkin, CEO of Arch North East said “It’s fantastic that Middlesbrough Council are able to support us in this way. Generating awareness of sexual violence and local support services is vital in helping people to deal with its’ impact.

“Arch North East can support people no matter when the incident took place, and whether they choose to report to the police or not. Our service is free, confidential, and our role is to help people make the choices that are right for them.

“Sexual Violence awareness week is a great platform to help us get that message out.”

Cllr Mick Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Communities, said: “Changing the colour of the fountain is a small gesture that will hopefully give people pause for thought about the important issues highlighted through Sexual Violence Awareness Week and the work carried out by organisations such as Arch to support victims and survivors.”

Anyone wishing to access Arch services can call 01642 822331 or visit their website.