'We Believe You' Rape Awareness Campaign

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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


We Believe You: latest news

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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.

Who's supporting our campaign?


We've had some great messages of support, including ones from the Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Labour party leader Ed Miliband.

Every survivor needs support

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The National Sexual Violence Freephone Helpline (0808 802 9999) is a vital lifeline for many women and girls, but receives no central government funding, meaning only a quarter of all calls can be answered. Help Rape Crisis expand this lifeline to all who need it.

Schools must take sexual consent seriously

End violence against women

Almost one in three girls has experienced unwanted sexual touching at school. The End Violence Against Women coalition is calling for urgent action to ensure that all schools help create a safer world for women and girls.

End child sexual exploitation


Barnardo's is campaigning to free children and young people from sexual exploitation. But they need your help - find out how you can protect children at risk in your own community.

Getting help

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.


Last updated: 05-Jul-2012 at 4:20 PM