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Uniting Exeter in the fight against sexual violence on our street

Women from Devon are planning the city’s largest gathering against sexual violence on the streets this autumn. The Reclaim the Night events are designed to promote public awareness about the levels of violence and harassment experienced by women and girls on our streets.

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Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services, Stop Abuse for Everyone (SAFE), Local Feminist groups and Exeter University have joined forces again to make this year another large, visible protest about sexual violence.

The march is happening during the 16 days of action, which are between the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women and girls — 25th November and the 10th December which is Human Rights Day. This reminds us all that violence and harassment is still an ongoing concern for women in Exeter and Devon as well as across the globe and that it is a human right for us to be able to feel safe out on the streets where we live.

The Reclaim the Night event is on Thursday 30th November 2017. Starting with a gathering at St Sidwell Community Centre from 4pm – 6pm where people from Exeter and the surrounding areas will join together in solidarity against harassment, intimidation and violence on our city streets. There will be placard and banner making workshops, food and refreshments as well as general inspiration to generate an atmosphere of collaboration and community. The march itself starts at 6.30pm from St Sidwell’s ending around 7.30pm in Bedford Square.

All Welcome - We know that many people have never been on a march before and may feel slightly unsure about joining in but we would encourage anyone who cares about women and children to come along.

The atmosphere will be light, you will be amongst people who feel the same as you and the march is about visibility rather than confrontation. Marshalls and local police ensure this event is safe for everyone, including children.

A member of our team is planning to raise money by running in the London Marathon next year.  Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services were lucky enough to win a place via the charity ballot and set out to find the right person to represent them. They didn’t have to look far. One of our Specialist Support Workers, Beverley Flavell, has run several half marathon’s and had always wanted to run in the London Marathon.

Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services is pleased to host this training day with National Ugly Mugs (NUM) on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 10am – 4pm.

National Ugly Mugs (NUM) is a pioneering, national charity which provides greater access to justice and protection for sex workers who are often targeted by dangerous individuals but are frequently reluctant to report these incidents to the police. These offenders are often serial sexual predators who pose a huge risk to the public as a whole. Their Mission: Ending Violence against Sex Workers.

Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services is pleased to host this training event with James Lee on Wednesday 11th October 2017 - 9.30am – 12.30pm.

Devon Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Services will be presenting this training day on 14th September in North Devon for staff and volunteers from statutory and third sector organisations.

The aim of the day is to increase the skills, knowledge and confidence of staff and volunteers supporting people who have experienced sexual violence in Devon.

The cost of the day, including all refreshments, is £95 per person.

A £20 per person discount is available for third & voluntary sector organisations when 3 or more people book on to the training at the same time, making it only £75 per person.

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Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services presents a free public event: Jen Smith poses the question A CRISIS WITH CONSENT?

Thursday 4th May, 6.30pm-8.30pm 2017
Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David’s Hill, Exeter

The event will consist of a short presentation followed by questions and discussion.  We welcome everyone who is interested in safe and adult engagement.

Jen Smith is an MA student at the University of Exeter focusing on the social and structural foundations of sexual violence.

Alongside her studies she has also been working closely with Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services, Devon and Cornwall Police Communications unit and the University Guild.

In doing so, she has strived to connect the theoretical issues raised in her research to the practical issues.


Whilst the event is free, we do suggest a donation of £5 on the door.

Left-wing, highbrow, feminist, atheist, comedian Kate Smurthwaite finally takes on the issue right at the heart of women's rights: men. And she's taken "getting inside the subject" to a new level - performing the whole show in drag as her male alter-ego Milo Standards!

The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
Sunday 14th May
Show starts at 7.30pm
Followed by Q&A

Tickets cost £12 / £10

It is truly amazing to consider, but DRCSAS celebrated its 5th birthday as a specialist agency last week.  
Volunteers, staff, trustees and patrons came together to celebrate the achievements of our first five years together.

There was an incredible atmosphere, as you’d expect from an organisation full of committed women; a real pride in the organisation we have built together and the quality and effectiveness of the service we provide.

Music was provided by Emily Jukes-Roblyn, cookery by the Exeter cookery school and the auctioneer for the evening, presiding over some very generous donations, was our patron Anna Walker MBE.

Special thanks to Stephens Scown LLP whose donation paid for the buffet.


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