As a result of my personal experience, I've come to realise how atrociously underfunded services for rape and sexual assault survivors are in the UK.
Over the last year, prosecutions and convictions for rape numbered only 11.8% and 11.2%, respectively, and other sexual offences (12.5% and 14.7%). Yet 1 in 3 women will experience some form of sexual violence in her lifetime. For many, the social consequences of reporting sexual assault or rape lead to their isolation from friends and family. Rape Crisis provide badly needed support services for those living in aftermath of these horrific crimes.
I was attacked in April 2016, I was ostracised by many I used to call friends and it became very clear to those around me that I would need some form of counselling or therapy. I have yet to receive anything, because of oversubscription in the services provided by both Rape Crisis and the NHS. Survivors both deserve and need more support than this.
To try and help, I am selling my handknitted Christmas Baubles for £5 each (roughly the cost of two coffees ☕️) plus p&p. All proceeds will go to Rape Crisis England & Wales.
You can purchase these in my shop: http://www.fenwench.com/my-blog/shop.html
Please let me know your colour/design preferences at the time of ordering, you can see the ones I have made over on my Instagram account. Otherwise I will select a bauble at random.
If you have a custom bauble request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, please consider making a donation to Rape Crisis via my JustGiving page.
Any donation or bauble purchase can help others to survive and overcome the barbarism of rape/sexual assault.