Rape is Rape is a brilliant new campaign from Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre and Coventry City Council. I was privileged to view a preview copy of the video early this morning and it is absolutely spot-on. The campaign seeks to raise awareness of victim blaming and make it absolutely clear who is responsible for rape and other forms of sexual violence. In this, it is similar to Rape Crisis Scotland’s This is not an invitation to rape me campaign.
I write a lot about victim blaming and rape culture and far too often we see campaigns about rape which focus on the victim rather than on the perpetrator; a recent example of extreme victim blaming can be seen in this campaign from the West Mercia Police.
I fully support the Rape is Rape campaign from CRASAC. The video shows just how damaging rape culture and victim blaming are. We need more campaigns to support victims of rape and hold perpetrators responsible for their crimes.
The video is available here*: Rape is Rape, in any language
Below is a section of the official press release:
‘Rape is rape in any language’
A joint initiative between Coventry City Council and the Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) is being launched that will focus on the needs of survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
The campaign, ‘Rape is Rape in any language’ is a ground-breaking project in Coventry and is the first of its kind to highlight the needs of survivors of rape and sexual abuse as well as the education of others.
The campaign can be followed on Twitter through the hashtag #rapeisrape
Key messages for CRASAC of ‘Rape is Rape’ are:
1. It is never the victims fault. The only person responsible for rape and sexual abuse is the person who commits the crime.
2. That rape can happen to anyone, woman, man, girl or boy and that the effects of rape can be devastating but that help is out there and to encourage victims and survivors to contact us.
Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) has been established for 32 years, providing free services to women and girls, men and boys, aged 5 and above, in Coventry, who are victims or survivors of sexual violence and abuse either now or in the past. We provide a helpline, counselling service, therapy groups for adults and children, an outreach service for black and ethnic minority groups as well as young people, support and advocacy for those who choose to go through the criminal justice system and we address the effects of sexual violence in a safe environment.
CRASAC support over 5,000 victims of rape and abuse through all our services and the number increases every year.
Our helpline is open to women, men & children, their families & supporters on 02476 277777
Opening times: Mon-Fri 10-2pm & Mon & Thurs 6-8pm
*I will embed the video into my post tonight.