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Invitation to Joanna Lumley from Rape Crisis England & Wales

23 Apr 2014

In your interview in The Times Magazine (19th April 2014), you expressed some confusion as to why it might take survivors of sexual violence as long as 50 years to report their experiences to the police.

You also made comments that reiterated some widely-held victim-blaming myths surrounding rape and sexual assault. 

While we appreciate that this was almost certainly not your intention, views such as those you expressed, shared publicly by a figure as well-loved and influential as you are, can have a real impact on the huge numbers of sexual violence survivors that will inevitably be among your audience, and contribute to a wider environment in which it is so difficult for these survivors to seek the justice and the support they want and deserve.

If you’d like to learn more about the realities of sexual violence, its prevalence and long-term impacts on lives and communities, we’d like to invite you to visit one of our member Rape Crisis Centres. 

Our movement has been providing specialist, independent and confidential support services to women and girls affected by sexual violence of any kind at any time in their lives for over 40 years. 

We’d welcome the opportunity to share some of the expertise and knowledge we’ve gained through this frontline work with you.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Katie Russell
On behalf of Rape Crisis England & Wales