We've put on comedy events in the past as fundraisers for our service and this time we have decided to combine fundraising with awareness raising.
A comedy show about rape is not something the organisation entered into lightly. We weighed up the costs and benefits of promoting this and the greatest discussions we had were about what kind of message this might send to those using our services or thinking about doing so.
We're a professional and sensitive organisation and it matters to us how women feel. So, we know that women feel tied up in knots with the rape myths that abound in our society, we know that women feel sickened to hear "rape jokes" in their social circles, we know that women feel silenced by the cultural "normalising" of sexual assault and rape and we know that women do not come forward for support or report to the police because of the prevailing social norms.
This show takes all the rape myths, chews them up and spits them back out again. It challenges the ways in which rape is discussed, laughed about and accepted. As a feminist organisation, committed to the support of women and to cultural change, this is a show that we are proud to present.
Obviously, this is a challenging show and could well be triggering to some so please look after yourselves in making a decision about whether to book or not.