In March, with overwhelming support from Mumsnetters, we launched a new campaign. It's called We Believe You, and it has two simple aims. First, we want to shine a spotlight on the prevalence of rape and sexual assault in women's lives; then, we want to pull apart the many myths surrounding rape, which make so many women feel that they will not be believed if they report this crime.
To all those women, we say: we believe you.
We hope this campaign will succeed in showing just how many lives have been blighted by sexual violence. We hope it will explode the myth that most rapes are carried out by strangers, and that the testimony of women who have been raped by men they know should be viewed with suspicion. We hope it will show that there is no 'typical' rape survivor, and reassure those who have experienced rape that it's never your fault.
We believe you. Join us in spreading the word. #webelieveyou
And, if you are able to, share your experiences. #ididnotreport
- Join the discussion on the Talk boards
- Read our webchat with Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer
We Believe You: latest news
Congratulations to Rape Crisis England and Wales: their lobbying has persuaded the govt not to fold the Rape Support Fund. And, after a campaign by the parents of Jane Clough, DPP Keir Starmer QC has issued new guidance on the need to prosecute rape charges, even though the defendant has been found guilty of murder.
If you've experienced sexual violence of any kind, you can find out where your nearest Rape Crisis centre is here. Rape Crisis also run a freephone National Sexual Violence Helpline, on 0808 802 99 99 (open 12pm -2.30pm/7pm-9.30 pm every day). Alternatively, you can access a Sexual Assault Referral Centre - they're open 24/7 and will provide support, advice, and immediate medical help if necessary.