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Rape Crisis awarded 5-year grant for new Weaving the Web project

19 May 2016

Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW) is delighted to be awarded a 5-year grant for £3,066,384 through the Big Lottery Fund, women and girls initiative, for an exciting new project aimed at extending, enhancing and improving access to specialist sexual violence services for women and girl survivors. 

RCEW Co-Chair Dawn Thomas said:

“Digital technologies have become a significant and completely integrated part of our daily lives and many women and girls, of all ages and backgrounds, already routinely access information and services via the internet. Yet there is no national resource specifically designed to provide the range of information and support that women and girls, who have experienced sexual violence of any form, want and need online.”

RCEW Co-Chair Dianne Whitfield added:

“The Weaving the Web project will provide online services and self-help resources that will complement, enhance and improve access to the well-established services provided by Rape Crisis Centres, such as counselling, advocacy, support and telephone helplines.

This project responds to the unprecedented level of demand for specialist support services from sexual violence survivors. At the time of applying to the Big Lottery Fund, 3,000 women and girls were on Rape Crisis Centre waiting lists. Our ambition is that women and girl survivors of sexual abuse get support whenthey want and need it.”

Weaving the Web will begin in October 2016 with a period of active engagement, consultation and development.