Rape Crisis calls for justice for sexual violence survivors in run-up to General Election

16 Apr 2015

Three weeks before the United Kingdom goes to the polling booths to vote in the General Election and widespread local elections, Rape Crisis national spokesperson Katie Russell said:

"The Rape Crisis movement has been established over 40 years; to the hundreds of trained and dedicated women working and volunteering tirelessly within our member Rape Crisis organisations across England and Wales, the prevalence and diversity of sexual violence, and the wide-ranging, devastating impacts it has on survivors, their families, friends and communities, are all too evident. 

Yet sexual violence has long been a silent scourge, unacknowledged in the mainstream, and as a result, the hundreds of thousands of sexual violence survivors in this country have been denied consistent levels of support and justice.

Over the last few years, however, near daily media reports of child sexual abuse and exploitation, sexual assault and rape, have signalled that the silence around sexual violence is broken, yet the majority of survivors still don't have access to specialist services.

This is why Rape Crisis is asking all parliamentary and local candidates to take our ‪#‎ABCPledge‬ now, to show their commitment to sexual violence survivors' needs and rights.

We ask our supporters and followers to show solidarity with survivors by spreading the word about this Pledge and challenging their local politicians to sign." 

Find the Pledge, and details of quick and easy actions you can take today to really make a difference, here.

And if you're not already registered to vote, ensure you register before the 20th April deadline, so you can have you say on 7th May: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote