Opposing Violence

 

 Reclaim the Night 
At Reclaim the Night rally, November 2014


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Thank you to everyone that came out and Reclaimed the Night with us on Saturday! Around 450 people marched with us to demand safer streets! Our rally had an incredible line-up of speakers and performers that we’re so proud to have shared our space with.

Massive thank you to Fabia Bates from Survivors’ Network, Alex Bryce from National Ugly Mugs, Laura Watson from English Collective of Prostitutes, NUS Women’s Officer Susuana Antubam, Maeve Devine from AllSorts Youth Project, Ariane Sacco from WinVisible, Poets Caitlin HT, Alice Denny and Jo Johnson and our sequined compère for the night Jessica Gagnon!

Thank you so much to everyone that marched with us, donated, sent messages of support, baked cakes and volunteered their time on the night! We wouldn’t of been able to do it without you all!

Much love
Brighton Feminist Collective

In 2013, WinVisible asked these questions about disability hate crime in London, as a Greater London Authority disability consultative group member:

 

·         How many disabled people have reported disability hate crime in London? 

Of those, how many or what percentage have been prosecuted?

·         What is the conviction rate?

·         What proportion of disability hate crime is reported by women? 

·         What proportion of disability hate crime against women includes sexual offences such as sexual assault? 

·         How is this recorded and then prosecuted, in other words, is this also recorded under sexual offences, or not?

·         What proportion of disability hate crime also includes racism?

 

The answers we got revealed that prosecutions and convictions had dropped to a low rate, similar to the low conviction rate for rape and racist attack.  We do not believe that in three years, only two disability hate offences against women were sexual in nature.  All women and girls are vulnerable, disabled women and girls even more so.  Hostility to disabled women can often include sexual comments and worse.

 

Reported Disability Hate Crime in London (Met Police figures 2013)

 

2010 2011 2012
Total number of disability hate crime victims  

132

 

132

 

119

People proceeded against for disability hate crime  

48

 

38

 

18

Female victims of disability hate crime  

64

 

53

 

54

Female victims of disability hate crime where the offence was sexual in nature  

0

 

2

 

0

Number of disability hate crimes involving racism  

31

 

11

 

16

CPS data, People prosecuted for disability hate crime April 2010 – March 2011

94

April 2011 – March 2012

59

April 2012 – January 2013

34

CPS data, People convicted for disability hate crime April 2010 – March 2011

53

April 2011 – March 2012

37

April 2012 – January 2013

17

 

Disabled Women Slutwalk!

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Eleanor Lisney and Svetlana Kotova at SlutWalk rally in Trafalgar Square, 11 June

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More: speech at rally

http://www.dpac.uk.net/tag/slutwalk-protest/

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