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"Local elections are looming and because this is so exciting, I've decided to break with (personal) protocol, and write a more upbeat blog. Let's see how long I can keep this up for ...

Our sisters at EVAW (End Violence Against Women Coalition) have just published the results of a YouGov poll that they commissioned and it makes for positive reading. They were asking people about services for women who have experienced sexual or domestic violence and, despite what we might have feared, the responses were really supportive.

67% believe that their council should fund services for women who have been raped

87% think these services should be independent and confidential

81% think they should be run by women

86% believe that services should be run by people with specialist knowledge

So, society is on our side, people do take the issues seriously, do believe that rape support is important, that women are important. Contrast this with the level of reporting in some sections of the press and some of the vicious hate campaigns waged on social media sites against women. It really is encouraging that despite this constant background noise, the majority of people in England, understand why Rape Crisis Centres exist, and support our work.

If you are minded to contact your local councillor after the elections on the 2nd May to let them know these poll results - we'd be really happy..."



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