On Tuesday 5th February 2013, representatives of Rape Crisis (England and Wales) and a number of member Rape Crisis Centres were invited to Clarence House for a special reception focussing on sexual violence.
In her speech at the event, the Duchess praised the movement’s ‘remarkable work’ and said that, during her visits to Rape Crisis Centres in recent years, she had been ‘so impressed by the professionalism and the commitment of individuals who provide a lifeline’ to sexual violence survivors. She also expressed her gratitude and humility towards those survivors who have been willing to share their stories with her, some of whom were in attendance at the event.
Making reference to the high profile media stories of recent months, the Duchess acknowledged that sexual violence is ‘by no means a ‘new’ story’ and expressed a wish to bring organisations and individuals together in order to ‘build a future where society will simply not tolerate rape and sexual abuse any longer.’
The reception was an important networking event for Rape Crisis, giving representatives the opportunity to raise issues of concern and significance with decision-makers and influential stakeholders. A key topic for the day, for example, was the new commissioning landscape and the potential impact of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Police & Crime Commissioners on the future sustainability of small local specialist services.
To find out more about how you can support the vital work of Rape Crisis (England and Wales) or an individual Rape Crisis Centre, visit our ‘make a donation’ page here.
To read Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall’s speech in full visit the Clarence House site here.