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It is estimated that, worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.

Up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime.

Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria.

(For further information and stats see the UN fact sheet.)

 

On 25 November, it is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Two events are being held in Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 26 November in support of this day, and the aim to end violence against women:

  • Newcastle Women’s Collective are having a ‘wish tree’ event (where members of the public can write messages of support for survivors and ‘wishes’ to end VAW to hang on a tree): Saturday 26 November, 12-3pm, Northumberland Street, Newcastle.
  • The TUC are holding their annual Reclaim the Night March: Saturday 26 November, 6.30pm, Times Square (next to Centre for Life), Newcastle.

Newcastle Women’s Collective’s Wish Tree

Newcastle Women’s Collective are having a ‘wish tree’ – inspired by Yoko Ono – where members of the public can make a ‘wish’ to end violence against women, or write a message of solidarity for the victims and survivors of violence against women. They are aiming to raise awareness of violence against women, give out information leaflets, signpost resources and services, and encourage donations to Tyneside Rape Crisis Centre (http://www.tynesidercc.org.uk/), an organisation which has been running in the heart of Newcastle for 30 years but has no secure funding, and Women’s Aid (www.womensaid.org.uk).

They will be on Northumberland Street, Newcastle from 12-3pm, Saturday 26 November. Please come along and show your support, and write a message on the tree.

Reclaim the Night

This year the TUC’s Reclaim the Night event will take place in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Date: Saturday 26th November

Time: 6.30pm – gather at Times Square, next to the Centre for Life, Newcastle. 7.00pm march to the Monument for candlelit vigil.

In Britain there are an estimated 47,000 rapes every year. Each year an estimated 300,000 women are sexually assaulted (British Crime Survey 2001), yet Britain’s conviction rate is the lowest ever at just 5.3%. When Reclaim the Night marches were first started in the 1970s women were appalled that only 1 in 3 rapists were ever convicted; today that figure is 1 in 20. This is why the Northern TUC have revived the tradition of Reclaim the Night. All women have the right to use public spaces both in the daytime and after dark without the fear of sexual harassment and assault. Join with women around the world to mark the United Nations International Day to End Violence Against Women and take back your night.

Please let us know if you are coming by registering with Ananthi aparkin@tuc.org.uk by Friday 18th November.

Speakers:

Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central C

lare Williams, Chair of the TUC Women’s Group and Unison Regional Convenor

Everyone is welcome to attend and show their support.

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This is one example from the campaign 'This is not an invitation to rape me' carried out by rape crisis Scotland.

Jennifer Hey

47,000. The estimated number of rapes each year in the UK

191. The number of convictions for rape each year in the UK

Countless: the injustices against women in the criminal justice system.

Lindsay Armstrong was 16 when she gave evidence of being raped the previous year, three weeks later, she was found dead in her room having committed suicide.

When a woman is raped she faces the critical decision of whether or not to report the crime to the police. And whilst it may be him who committed the crime, it will most likely be her who is put on trial at court. That is, of course, if the case even gets that far given that the majority of cases are dropped before they even reach that stage. (more…)

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