When news stories like this hit the headlines, it raises awareness and hopefully encourages people to believe the victims when they come forward. This is obviously a good thing. However, it also means that rape crisis centres have high volumes of calls and requests for support. It’s great that those affected can seek help, but rape crisis centres are poorly funded and struggle to meet demand.
As well as the many young people who were abused in Rotherham, there will be others across the country who will be reminded of events in their own lives which they would like to process.
This campaign is intended to encourage people to donate to their local or national rape crisis centre so they can meet increased demand for support. There are always women and girls in need of support after rape and abuse.
Rape crisis centres help with specially trained support workers, support groups, and in some centres counselling and other projects and services which allow women and girls to make sense of what’s happened and the support workers always have the perspective that you’re not to blame.
We’ve used the number 14 because if you’re able to donate £14.00 that’s a penny for each young person affected by CSE in Rotherham.
It’s also enough for Sheffield Rape Crisis to keep their helpline open for a week, if you choose to donate to them.
Of course, if you’re able to donate more, please do, but if you can afford a bit less, it will still make a difference.
In England and Wales, you can donate to Rape Crisis here http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/donations1.php or by texting RCEW11 £10 then RCEW11 £4 (texting £14 doesn’t seem to work ) to 70070 .
A centre local to Rotherham is http://www.sheffieldrapecrisis.org.uk/and you can donate to them here
Another is Barnsley Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Services and you can donate to them here
Doncaster is also close by.
You can find your local rape crisis centre here: http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/centres.php .
In Scotland, you can donate to the national organisation here and there are also links to local groups http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/donate
We’d also like to share information about what to do if someone tells you they’ve been abused or assaulted. http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/givingsupport2.php
To raise awareness of this campaign, and of the work rape crisis centres do, you could tweet or share a photo of fourteen things (14 buttons? 14 friends?) and link to this page.
Our facebook page is here https://www.facebook.com/14ofsomething
and twitter account is here https://twitter.com/14ofSomething – please do share your photos.