As far as we have come in equality with the right to vote, to have an abortion etc. we sadly still have a hell of a way to go. We are living in a world where a girl can’t go out on a brisk evening walk without company. She can’t wear anything she likes without feeling like she will be judged or leered at wherever she goes. She is taught to always have her guard up because she doesn’t want to appear vulnerable to the wrong mind. She has taught herself not to trust. 1 in 5 women aged 16 – 59 has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16. Only around 15% of those who experience sexual violence choose to report to the police. That means 85% are either too scared to, believe that it is something that will never change or simply don’t think that any kind of justice or good outcome will arise from it. Rape Crisis is such an important organisation to help both women and men who are living with the trauma and after effect to get into a better place and start to rebuild their lives.
On a daily basis, females deal with sexism on the streets, at work and sometimes even in their own homes. There are so many amazing people out there who want to support and help to sort these issues out which is why it’s so important to keep raising awareness and continue the fight against inequality.
Conviction rates for rape are far lower than other crimes, with only 5.7% of reported rape cases ending in a conviction for the perpetrator. When people stop questioning the victim about how they were acting, how much they had to drink or what they were wearing we might actually start to concentrate on the education of the perpetrator. What makes them believe in any way that they have the right to take anything they want without permission? If someone was caught taking money from a bank they’d be sent to prison for a long time and that is something that can cause no harm to a person. A rape victim lives with those haunting images for the rest of their life and yet some people still believe it to be a blurred line.
Rape Crisis England & Wales is a feminist organisation that exists to promote the needs and rights of women and girls who have experienced sexual violence, to improve services to them and to work towards the elimination of sexual violence. Rape Crisis England & Wales is the national umbrella body for our network of autonomous member Rape Crisis organisations across England and Wales and was set up to support their specialist work. They also raise awareness and understanding of sexual violence in the wider community and with the local, regional and national government. They currently have 45 member Rape Crisis organisations, providing services in 57 locations across England and Wales.
Rape Crisis organisations are women-led and offer a range of support, advocacy, counselling and information in a women-only safe space. Some also provide separate space and services for male sexual violence survivors and/or for men who are supporting a survivor.
To raise much-needed funds for Rape Crisis, I’m putting on a show next week at Shacklewell Arms, London. Performing will be…
Headlining the night is no other than Findlay; a band full of killer hooks bluesy, moody charm and an energy that’s off the hook. They’ve been a little quiet in the UK for a while as they’ve been writing and playing festivals abroad but they’ve kindly taken time out to help a worthy cause. With a London headline show unknown for the band right now make sure you don’t miss this one! Come and get your Findlay fix. If you haven’t managed to see them live yet (how could you not have?) you can catch them here and have your mind blown.
Second Support are fierce garage rock duo DOLLS. If there’s any girl band you’d want to join the most it’d be this one. With cracking sensual riffs and a powerful, bluesy vocal from Jade Ellins and ferocious beats and kick ass backing vocals from Bel Conde they are the perfect combination of a rock band. Looking like they have the best time in the world on stage and giving endless energy to each performance you’ll want to get up there on that stage with them. Having already sold all their copies of first single ‘Killing time’ (a favourite of mine with guitar sounds to die for) they have gone on to release another killer tune ‘Audrey’. This is a very much loved band of London and one that is already gaining fans in other countries around Europe. Make sure you make it down early enough to catch their heart pounding set.
The openers for the evening are Brighton based duo Skinny Milk. With another exciting band to creep out from Brighton, it won’t be long before London claims this garage rock band as their own. Basslines that wake up the dead, a raw distorted vocal sound and heavy rhythmic drum beats make this duo an amazing wall of noise that hits you dead in the face. Their gigs are beautifully filled with rock ‘n’ roll sweat and you’ll be hooked from the off. Get down and dirty with these guys as they start off the smashing line-up We Can Do It have planned for you. I can guarantee you won’t regret it.
Support this amazing cause and grab tickets now at www.ticketweb.co.uk/wecandoit
Find out more about Rape Crisis at http://rapecrisis.org.uk/
If you can’t make the gig but still want to donate you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wecandoitpromotions
Let’s do what music does best; bringing people together, supporting the world’s important issues and having a party while doing it.