Rape Crisis urges local election candidates to take #WomensSafetyPledge

15 May 2014

As part of the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) Coalition, Rape Crisis England & Wales is calling on candidates in the upcoming local elections (Thursday 22nd May 2014) to commit to the safety and well-being of women and girls in their communities.

With over 40 years' experience of providing frontline, specilialist advocacy and support services to women and girls affected by sexual violence of any kind at any time in their lives, Rape Crisis knows the crucial importance of political commitment to such services, especially in the current climate of cuts.

Rape Crisis therefore joins EVAW in asking all candidates to commit to doing all they can if elected to ensure:

  • Support services including refuges and helplines are protected for women who need them – whether or not they report abuse to the police
  • Schools are safe 4 girls – and have good sex & relationships education and teacher training
  • Safety in public spaces as well as in the home – tackling sexual harassment and any unsafe ‘no go areas’ for women and girls
  • Strategy to end and prevent abuse before it happens – this is the best way to bring all these measures together.

Rape Crisis hopes candidates will share our vision of a world without violence against women and girls, and will work to make the places they represent if elected safe for women and girls.