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Press Red on the issues of gender-based abuse & violence in the UK and abroad

Press Red started in 2016 when Michele Hawthorne read Elaine Storkey’s book, Scars Across Humanity.

Press Red started in 2016 when Michele Hawthorne read Elaine Storkey’s book Scars Across Humanity. Michele was so moved to act that she gathered a group of volunteers to put on a conference to raise awareness of global and national issues of gender-based violence.

Michele reached out to world-renowned speakers and activists for change: Mandy Marshall (Restored); Carl Beech (The Message Trust); Ian Henderson (Naked Truth); and Ben Cooley (Hope for Justice). Sponsored by Compassion UK, Michele put together a day of keynote speeches, seminars, Q&A sessions and exhibition spaces.

Today, Press Red continues to work to promote news and campaigns around the issues, encouraging people to stand up to gender-based violence and make a change.

We would love you to be part of this. Please read the news stories, sign and share petitions and come to the next conference on 29th September 2018. Tickets will be available soon. Please register your interest below.

1

Raising awareness

Raising awareness and understanding of the issues through a national conference, website and social media.
2

Lobbying for change

Sharing news, petitions and campaigns, and encouraging people to write to their MP about the issues.
3

Signposting to help

Partnering with charities working on the ground, showing people affected by the issues where they can find help.
4

Faith

Encouraging those of faith to pray together about the issues and for those affected by them.
FGM

FGM

Between April 2016 and March 2017 there were 9,179 attendances reported at NHS trusts and GP practices where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken*
Rape

Rape

Approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales every year; that’s roughly 11 rapes (of adults alone) every hour*
Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse

31% of young women aged 18-24 report having experienced sexual abuse in childhood. At least 1 in 3 women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime*
Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

1 in every 4 women in the UK, and 1 in every 3 women globally, will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime*
Two women are killed each week by a current or former partner in England and Wales*
Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation

Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation

An estimated 24.9 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery. The most common form of human trafficking (79%) is sexual exploitation*
Honour Violence

Honour Violence

There are approximately 12 -15 reported honour killings per year in the United Kingdom*
Gender-Selective Abortion

Gender-Selective Abortion

Despite being illegal, the abortion of female foetuses continues to be advertised in India. Conservative estimates state that more than 25 million girls have been aborted in India since ultrasound scanners became available*
Sexual War Crimes

Sexual War Crimes

Between 250,000 and 500,000 women were raped during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda*
ENFORCED CHILD MARRIAGE

ENFORCED CHILD MARRIAGE

1 in 9 girls is forced into marriage before her 15th birthday, often to a much older man*

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