Rape Crisis welcomes new Ambassador Maddy Hill
26 Nov 2015
On the second day of this year's 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women & Girls (26th November 2015), the specialist national umbrella body Rape Crisis England & Wales is delighted to welcome and introduce Maddy Hill as its first official charity ambassador.
Currently playing Nancy Carter on EastEnders, Maddy is a talented actor who trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance and is passionate about women's equality and preventing and ending sexual violence.
"I'm really honoured to be the first official Ambassador for Rape Crisis England & Wales.
It's shocking how little we hear or talk about sexual abuse and rape and it's unjust how little support this truly amazing charity gets.
If I can get young people talking about consent and healthy sex, if I can encourage one survivor to tell someone and find support, if I can help Rape Crisis get the essential funding it needs and deserves, I'll be very happy."
Spokeswoman for Rape Crisis, Katie Russell said:
"Historically, people have found it difficult to talk about or associate themselves with issues of sexual violence. For years, this has contributed to a society in which hundreds of thousands of survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape and other forms of sexual violence have lived alone with their traumatic experiences, often not telling those closest to them let alone the police or even a specialist, confidential service like Rape Crisis, for fear of being judged, blamed or of not being believed. We know there are very many survivors still in this position today.
It's extremely gratifying to us that Maddy finds reluctance to talk publicly about sexual violence, and its resulting lack of profile and coverage, mind-boggling. Not only is she not afraid to associate herself with our cause but she proactively sought us out because of how strongly she feels about the social injustice around sexual violence and the need for Rape Crisis.
We're really looking forward to working with Maddy to promote the life-changing work of our Rape Crisis movement and to keep the needs and rights of sexual violence survivors on the agenda and in the public consciousness."