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the night starts here, forget your fear

by Jen at 1:11 pm on 24.11.2007 | 3 Comments
filed under: like a fish needs a bicycle

i’ve written here a few times about how appalling the rape statistics for britain are. so tonight, i’m doing something i haven’t done in over twelve years, since way back in my uni days: participating in a “take back the night” march.

it’s known as “reclaim the night” in the u.k., and though these marches to end violence against women first became well-known during the late 70s, it is thought that they may have originated as far back as 1877, here in london.

the fact that it is still necessary, more than a hundred years later, to make people aware of the ways in which women are violated, not only by the perpetrators, but also by the justice system meant to protect them, is deeply saddening. and infuriating.

from the organisers:

In Britain, there are an estimated 47,000 rapes every year. And each year, an estimated 300,000 women are sexually assaulted (British Crime Survey 2001).

Yet Britain’s conviction rate is the lowest ever, at just 5.3 per cent.

When Reclaim The Night marches were started in the 1970s, women were appalled that only 1 in 3 rapists were ever convicted; today that figure is 1 in 20.

so i’ll be out there (along with amity), raising our voices in anger, demanding that people take notice.

it can only get better when people are no longer afraid to speak out and make themselves heard.

stars – the night starts here

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    Comment by Rebecca

    24.11.2007 @ 15:32 pm

    I hadn’t heard of this march but it sounds really interesting. I don’t really have anyone to go with though and I don’t know what I would do by myself. ( Maybe UCL has a group going…

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    Comment by Jen

    24.11.2007 @ 15:41 pm

    ah, but you won’t be alone – you’ll be with more than a thousand other women )

  • 3

    Comment by Rebecca

    24.11.2007 @ 15:43 pm

    Well I mean I don’t have anyone to walk with as a partner. I love doing marches, but it’s usually more enjoyable when you’re with a person, because then you can both join groups. Alone, you’re usually standing about feeling silly trying to find a group to join and chat with. I think I’m a pansy! lol!

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