Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland: #WishISaid

This Mental Health Awareness week, Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland took new action against sexual harassment. RCTN has launched a new campaign, #WishISaid. #WishISaid wants to get you talking about Sexual Harassment in public places like the street, mostly of women and girls, perpetrated mostly by men and boys. Find out more on the Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland website

Evidence disclosure practice risks injustice for rape victims

On the 15th May, the Justice Committee heard evidence from Rape Crisis England & Wales regarding the disclosure of evidence in criminal cases and its damaging impact on rape trials. Watch the full evidence session. Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW) says: “Survivors are told that it doesn’t matter if they have nothing “to hide”. But there is a violation in the very act of asking for access to things that don’t feel relevant to a sexual offence you have chosen to report.

IWF research on child sex abuse live-streaming reveals 98% of victims are under 13 and 96% are girls

A new study by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has revealed shocking statistics on children being groomed, coerced and blackmailed into live-streaming their own sexual abuse over webcams, tablets and mobile phones. The research, Online Child Sexual Exploitation: Examining the Distribution of Captures of Live-streamed Child Sexual Abuse was conducted over a three-month period and identified 2,082 images and videos of live-streamed child sexual abuse.

UK's first app to provide support for victims of domestic violence has launched

Vodafone and Hestia, a London-based domestic abuse charity, have come up with the app after finding 1 in 3 people in the UK would not know how to help a friend or family member who was a victim of domestic abuse. Named Bright Sky, the app enables users to locate their nearest support centre by searching their area, postcode or current location. Designed to log incidents of domestic abuse without any content being saved on the device itself, the app also enable users to record incidents in a secure journal tool, using a text, audio, video or photo function.

Police responders and Champions training report

SafeLives has reported on findings so far from Domestic Abuse Matters, the SafeLives training programme for police forces with the College of Policing. Feedback forms were completed by 3,657 First Responders and by 361 Domestic Abuse Matters Champions who attended the training and responses were analysed. This report considers immediate feedback from responders. Further evaluation activities, considering the longer- term impacts of the training, are ongoing, and will form the basis for future reports. 

Female genital mutilation clinical handbook

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a clinical handbook on the care of girls and women living with female genital mutilation (FGM). The Handbook offers advice on how to: communicate effectively and sensitively with girls who have developed health issues due to FGM; work with patients and families to prevent the practice of FGM; and identify when and where to refer patients who need additional support and care.

Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

Request from Dunkirk Refugee Women's Centre

Frances Timberlake, volunteer co-ordinator of a women refugee support organisation in northern France, is very interested in finding out more about women's workshops that women's projects have run. Frances says "A large part of our work in France is developing practical activities to build skills and confidence amongst the displaced women we work with, particularly more therapy-style activities as many of the women are suffering from trauma and depression as a result of their journeys.


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