Rape crisis centres have provided the most effective and valued source of support for survivors of rape in Britain ever since the centres were developed as part of the women's movement of the 1970s. Yet w, at the same time as Britain is failing survivors of rape in the courts, there is also a threat to the work delivered through the centres. For anyone who wants to understand how we reached this point of crisis, or who wants to be able to respond, this book helpfully provides: an understanding of the strengths that these centres can add to how we respond to rape in our society; an explanation of the kwledge, ideas and skills that comprise the centres' unique model of support; an account of the rape crisis movement's struggles in starting and sustaining the centres; a permanent record of the philosophies and ideas that underpinned the founding of the original centres, and a history of how they have changed and evolved over 30 years.Too few people kw about the centres or how they are run. This book documents the work and story of rape crisis in England and Wales, drawing comparisons with similar centres and networks in Scotland and Ireland. It provides the reader, whether an interested individual, a student or academic, a professional or voluntary worker, with a flavour of the original rape crisis work, and assesses its actual and potential value, here and w. Practical ideas for ways forward, which often mean learning the tools of survival during the current times of change, are presented, and can help ensure that there will be rape crisis centres for as long as there are women who need the specialist support that they offer.'Thank goodness this book has been written! At last there is an opportunity for those outside the movement to learn about some of our work and hopefully understand our motivations. Rape Crisis: Responding to Sexual Violence represents a tentative opening of a door that has been largely shut for three decades. It documents the Rape Crisis movement's simultaneously depressing and inspiring journey. Depressing because it highlights the myriad of problems faced by even the strongest of centres. Depressing because it emphasises the ubiquitous nature of rape. Depressing because it represents reality - we simply do t have eugh Rape Crisis Centres left to provide the support that every survivor needs and deserves...Yet also a testament to the strength of so many women.Brave, dedicated, focused women who have a vision of a world free from rape. Passionate women for whom the term 'good eugh' does t feature within their vocabulary' - Adapted from the Preface by Dr Nicole Westmarland, Chair of Rape Crisis (England and Wales).
Dr Helen Jones teaches on a range of criminology and criminal justice topics at Manchester Metropolitan University, and has been involved in the Home Office Sex Offences Review, the Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme (VVAPP) and the Inter-Ministerial Advisory Panel on Sexual Violence.Dr Kate Cook also teaches in the School of Law at Manchester Metropolitan University, has been a member of the Manchester Rape Crisis collective, and also works within women's campaigning groups.