‘It’s Not That Deep’: Young men and women launch campaign supporting victims of sexual harassment

A youth-led not-for-profit has launched a new campaign fighting to improve access to support and resources for victims of harassment and abuse.

Young Creators UK (YCUK) – which supports young people aged between 16 and 25 – launched its new campaign It’s Not That Deep at an event in the Ritzy Cinema, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, on December 8.

The event included a screening to premiere the campaign’s short film – It’s Not That Deep – focussing on the phrase commonly used by young people after an incident has taken place, which can belittle an experience for the victim causing them to shy away from seeking help and support.

From left, Aaliyah Amerat, Event Host, Yasmin Keil, Director, YCUK, Christoff Taylor, Director YCUK (Picture: Jennifer Arieleno, YCUK)

Yasmin Keil, YCUK’s co-founder said: “To deliver something that’s creatively authentic and technically excellent is one thing, but for this project to support even one person in accessing support will make every late night worth it.

“I hope other young people affected by violence and abuse can better understand their experiences and acknowledge that sometimes, it is that deep.”

The event aimed to raise £50,000, with 30 per cent set to be donated to The Gaia Centre, a service dedicated to providing confidential, non-judgmental and independent support services for those living in the London borough of Lambeth.

The remaining funds will go towards YCUK’s ongoing efforts to enhance and expand its programmes.

From left, Actor Jaiden Adonteng, Director Christoff Taylor, Actor Aker Okoye, DOP and Grader Stuart Braide  (Picture: Jennifer Arieleno, YCUK)

The campaign – which has been created in partnership with Lambeth council – also aims to re-educate potential perpetrators on boundaries and consent, as well as empower young men and women to become allies to those experiencing harassment.

YCUK’s chief executive, Christoff Taylor, said: “We hope this campaign helps people better understand their experiences, challenges the public narrative and that those affected by abuse or harassment will now consider actively seeking support.”

The short film ‘Its Not That Deep’ can be found on Lambeth council’s YouTube page and supporters can encourage the campaign by using the campaign hashtag #ItsNotThatDeep on social media.

Pictured top: From left, YCUK Director Yasmin Keil, YCUK member Jennifer Arieleno, YCUK member Chrissie Okorie, Producer Nhu Huynh (Picture: Jennifer Arieleno, YCUK)

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