On Saturday 12th July, 60 women from all over the South West met in Taunton for the first Regional Awayday. Trustees, workers and volunteer support workers from four rape crisis services came together to meet, share and learn. Centres in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Avon and Gloucestershire were represented and the women who give their time to the work of supporting survivors are pictured below.
We are delighted to receive the news of a new grant award this week. The Ministry of Justice awarded Devon Rape Crisis Service with £17,500 from its competed fund. This will enable us to improve our services, particularly to disabled women. The funding will be used to make the toilets in our main office accessible, to install a loop system and improve soundproofing in our 1-1 support rooms and to create an additional support room. On top of this we will be investing in appropriate resources for women with learning disabilities who have experienced sexual violence and working proactively with workers in this area so that they can support women to recover.
Joking for Justice
Award-winning comedian and political activist Kate Smurthwaite, Ada Campe and Amy Goodchild, brings sharp, topical wit to Exeter's Ignite Theatre Festival for a benefit evening in support of Devon Rape Crisis Service.
5th June, 9pm, Exeter Phoenix Auditorium, 16+ (13+ if accompanied by an adult)
Tickets cost £7 and are available now via the Ignite website www.igniteexeter.org.uk
This is an event not to be missed - bring your friends and laugh till you cry!
(�Pictured Left to Right; Kate Smurthwaite, Ada Campe and Amy Goodchild)
Kate Smurthwaite will also be running a workshop at the Exeter Phoenix, during the afternoon of 5th June for any aspiring women comedians who would like to have a crack at stand-up! The workshop will run from 2pm until 5pm and will cost £30. Please contact Devon Rape Crisis Service on 01392 208756 to order tickets for this event. We can only accept cheque or cash as payment for this event. Also the group for the workshop is very small, so there are limited spaces, therefore please book early to avoid disappointment.
Kate Smurthwaite is a stand-up comedian and political activist. She performs all over the UK and around the world, and also writes and tours an annual solo show of left wing comedy under the name 'The News at Kate', which has been a feature of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 2009. Kate is a writer for the BBC Three political comedy show The Revolution Will Be Televised. www.katesmurthwaite.co.uk
Our Wonderful Volunteer Catriona had all of her hair shaved off to raise money and awareness for Devon Rape Crisis Service. What an amazing thing to do and we sincerely thank her for supporting our organisation. Here are some pictures of the event which was held in East Allington Village Hall on Thursday 13th February.
If you would still like to make a donation and sponsor Catriona for what she did, you can do so by visiting the "donate" section of our website.
Once again, thank you Catriona!!
Our wonderful volunteer Catriona, is to undergo a sponsored head shave, to raise money and awareness for Devon Rape Crisis Service.
The event will take place on Thursday 13th February 2014 at East Allington Village Hall, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
If you would like to sponsor Catriona, then you can do so by visiting the Support Us section of our website and click on Donate.
Please come along and support Catriona in this amazing fundraising event!!!
Pictured above, is Catriona with her beautiful long hair
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250 people joined a march on Friday 29th November in Exeter to "take back the streets".
The Reclaim the Night March was organised by Devon Rape Crisis Service using a grant made by Fawcett Devon. The purpose was to draw attention to the lack of safety for women and girls on our city's streets. The protesters sent out a loud and raucous message that the level of sexual harassment and violence experienced by women is not acceptable.
Following a dance of solidarity, the 250 strong march followed a route around the city centre, passing many licenced premises where women are particularly vulnerable to unwanted and offensive attention. But even away from the pubs and clubs, women feel vulnerable and these marchers were clear that women will not put up with behaviour which makes them fearful of being out at night. The marchers came from Devon Rape Crisis and Fawcett Devon, from the Exeter Women's Labour Group, from the University Gender Equality Group and also individual men and women who care about these issues deeply.
Thank you to everyone who attended, it was a fantastic evening.
"I feel like I have a much calmer outlook in how I deal with difficult emotions. It has given me space to process my experiences safely."
"It helped me move forward. I have been able to leave my house and go out. I can now do things I never thought I would be able to do again."
"Helped to make sense of things and re-assurance that just because he was found not guilty doesn't mean it didn't happen."