Tragic death of Tracy Shelvey
4 Feb 2014
Rape Crisis England & Wales is extremely saddened by today’s news of the tragic death of Tracy Shelvey, who took her own life after the man on trial for raping her was acquitted (4th February 2014). We extend our deepest condolences to Tracy’s friends and family.
Although we’re not able to comment on this case specifically, Rape Crisis England & Wales remains resolute in its long-standing conviction that all women and girls who have experienced sexual violence of any kind at any time in their lives need and deserve specialist advocacy and support. Our member Rape Crisis organisations offer a range of confidential and independent services including helplines, counselling and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs).
Rape Crisis ISVAs believe, listen and provide practical and emotional support and information to survivors that choose to report to the police, throughout the criminal justice process and beyond. Regardless of whether a court case ends in a conviction, Rape Crisis believes this represents social justice and we know from our extensive experience of working with women and girls that it can and does save lives.
We encourage any woman or girl whose life has been affected by sexual violence of any kind at any time to visit our website for details of her nearest Rape Crisis services. Please note that you do not need to have reported to the police in order to access these. Our website also contains information for male sexual violence survivors.
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