In Britain there are an estimated 47,000 rapes every year. Each year an estimated 300,000 women are sexually assaulted (British Crime Survey 2001), yet Britain’s conviction rate is the lowest ever at just 5.3%. When Reclaim the Night marches were first started in the 1970s, women were appalled that only 1 in 3 rapists were ever convicted; today that figure is 1 in 20. This is why the Northern TUC have revived the tradition of Reclaim the Night. Join with women around the world to mark the United Nations International Day to End Violence Against Women and take back your night.
This year the event takes place in Sunderland on the 24th November, gathering at 6.30pm at the Memorial Garden at Sunderland Civic Centre and walking to Mowbray Park for speeches and candlelit vigil. Speakers: Sharon Hodgson MP for Washington & Sunderland West; Clare Philipson, Director of Wearside Women in Need and Clare Williams, Chair of the TUC Women’s Group and Unison Regional Convenor.
Please see attached flyer and registration form for more information.