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Rpe Crisis Centres should be Centrally Funded by HM Government

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A decade ago, the UK had nearly 80 rape crisis centres, but now Wrasac is one of only 39 still operating and offering specialist support services to women who have survived sexual violence. The decline in rape crisis centres has mirrored the downward trajectory of the UK's rape conviction rate – currently at an all-time low of 5%. However, there are signs that justice and services for victims of rape and sexual abuse have finally started moving up the government's agenda, with the expected report next month from Lady Stern following a review into the way rape complaints are handled by the police and other public authorities in England and Wales. Without central government, local authority or primary care trust funding for sexual violence services, rape crisis centres are closing because they cannot find the money to cover their core costs. We, the undersigned, call upon HM Government to review the current (non) policy, and urgently establish central funding for this service.

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