Plans are moving ahead for the Public Trial - The rape of justice: Who's guilty? We invite you to participate on 16 February. Please help circulate the email below. Your ideas and any other offers of help (including fundraising) will be greatly appreciated . Some of our recent comments to the media can be viewed at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7116336.stm and on YouTube - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=DFH3bnCUtI0 you’ll see a clip from News 24. Keep an eye on www.womenagainstrape.net for more news and a poster to print off.
Women Against Rape 30th anniversary
Summons to a Public Trial
The rape of justice: Who’s guilty?
16 February 2008 2-5 pm
Three decades ago, when it was still legal for a man to rape his wife, Women Against Rape, just formed, announced a rape trial with a difference: women were putting the government and its criminal justice system on trial for condoning and even encouraging rape.
Most people now support women’s right to say NO under any circumstance and at any point, and to get justice when that NO is ignored. Yet, the conviction rate for recorded rape is down to 5.7%. So once again we are putting the authorities on trial for persistently “letting rapists off the hook,” which denies women and girls justice and makes us all vulnerable.
Those in charge of justice still often hold women responsible for rape and sexual assault. It used to be short skirts and hitch-hiking that were to blame. Now it’s having too much to drink or having more than one partner or, as always, trusting the wrong man. The truth is that just being a woman – or a girl – in the wrong place at the wrong time is often enough to condemn us to rape.
But we have fought back. Increasingly women have reported rape and sexual assault, even when it was frightening, embarrassing and dangerous to do so, and even when the police didn’t want to know. We reported rape not only by strangers but by dates, husbands, partners, fathers, step-fathers, uncles, brothers, babysitters, employers, immigration officers, teachers, lecturers, carers, police, soldiers . . . And we have fought to defend our children even more than ourselves.
For 30 years, with little or no funding, Women Against Rape has been backing women and spearheading their demands for justice, by:
BUT MOST RAPISTS STILL GET AWAY WITH IT!
What is the point of recommendations, complaints and appeals procedures, specialist police, prosecutors and judges, inspectorates, women in government, and more laws if those in charge of implementing them refuse over and over to do their job?
WE WANT THOSE IN CHARGE OF JUSTICE TO BE HELD TO ACCOUNT!
Have your say on 16 February 2008. Testify about your experience of dealing with sexual, domestic and other violence, what you did to try to get protection and justice and what response you got from each of the authorities. Male survivors of sexual violence are also welcome.
We will have dark glasses, masks and screens for anyone who wants to disguise their identity.
Trinity United Reformed Church
Buck St, Camden, London NW1 8NJ
1 min Camden Tube; Accessible entrance, accessible toilet nearby;
Please book crèche in advance
GIVE EVIDENCE! BE THE JURY! FILL THE PUBLIC GALLERY!
M AK E SURE OUR VOICE FOR JUSTICE PREVAILS!
ALL WELCOME! SPREAD THE WORD!
Tel. 020 7482 2496 voice & minicom
Saturday, 12 January 2008
Public Trial - the rape of justice: Whose guilty?
Posted by Ms Chief at 13:09