2 Aug 2011
How do you feel about the R word?
This is a thorny topic. I'll just come right out and say it : Rape. It's not a nice word, it makes me squirm, take a quick sharp breath and my skin feels a bit pruney. This is normal - I have met few people who don't have this reaction [how about you? throat clam up? anyone else have the pruney sensation?].
We don't talk about. It's hard - there are enough tough things in our day without thinking about rape. What might happen if we did think about it? What good things might happen if we talked about it? With our kids, friends, partners...
At least 1 in 4 women in the UK will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime (British Crime Survey 2009/10)
Almost 1 in 5 women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime (British Crime Survey 2009/10)
Almost 1 in 20 women were stalked last year 
At least 1 in 5 women will experience stalking in their lifetime (British Crime Survey 2009/10)
One in five. Do you know five other women?
The more people talk about rape, the less we shy away and the safer we will be. The less we shy away, the more survivors will come forward.
Please take a look at why this matters so much to me.