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Friday, April 25, 2008

A "3 million per year" figure far more shameful than any CEO's pay packet

Persephone's comment on this recent post about the Rape Support Group sign was very timely, as I was already planning to do the current post.

Each year, 3 million women across the UK experience rape, domestic violence, forced marriage, trafficking or another form of gender-based violence and there are many, many more who have suffered violence in the past. They deserve specialised support services, such as refuges and Rape Crisis Centres, yet Map of Gaps , published by the End Violence Against Women Campaign and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, graphically shows the postcode lottery in these essential services:

- A third of local authorities across the UK have no specialised services at all
- Only one in ten local authorities have services for ethnic minority women
- Most women in the UK don't have access to a Rape Crisis Centre

Ask Gordon Brown to take urgent action to end the postcode lottery, by taking a minute to sign the Downing Street e-petition at

Please publicise this and link the petition to your websites and blogs.

To download Map of Gaps visit http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk/


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