the youth are in the streets!
No rape crisis helpline service is available 24/7 in the UK, most of them are not Freephone and interpreting services are the exception rather than the norm. Up to half of the services have been forced in to closure from ‘unsustainable funding’ in the past few decades after being shoved in to the voluntary ‘third sector’ by malicious governments who see them as a luxury rather than a necessity. What are we supposed to do when we experience sexual violence or need to vacate our homes?
WOMEN’S SHELTERS RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR BLACK AND ASIAN WOMEN ARE PITIFULLY FEW, WITH ACCESSIBLE BED FACILITIES FOR TRANS OR DISABLED WOMEN BEING ALMOST NON-EXISTENT!
As of 1973, Rape Crisis England and Wales has been the registered national charity organisation that brings together most local support services for women and girls across the country. It’s funded by the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and a selection of national and localised charitable bodies, although none of its income is secured beyond individual appeals. Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL) is a member branch of the national group, and now offers Freephone helpline, text, email and face- to –face emotional support to women and girls of any age who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. The group is constantly fighting for more funding at a time where Leeds Women’s Aid is already being neglected. Support services for black women experiencing domestic violence have already been axed by the Labour councils in West Yorkshire, with more in jeopardy.
It is a mistake to assume that local governments have ever made rape crisis services available off their own initiative. Sexual violence support and prevention is not a state priority. The Rape Crisis movement has been built on the back of grassroots women activists who have volunteered their time looking out for their sisters and defending women only space.
Reports indicate 85,000 women were raped in the UK on average in 2007, without including the sexual abuse of girls (under 18). 1 in 7 female students has experienced sexual violence whilst being at university. These are conservative estimates. The threat of rape and male violence is what controls us in our daily lives, stops us feeling able to use public space and limits us at work, home, in town and on campus.
Rev Soc wants to smash the ideas of accepted violence against women, rape culture and the misogyny which tells us are worth is located in our sexual availability to men. Support Rape Crisis England and Wales now!