These statements from a rape survivor, at the end of the successful prosecution of a rapist, are Eleanor Williams’greatest reward. And they’ve sustained her for the 10 years that she’s worked as a Rape Crisis court supporter.
It takes a very brave and determined rape survivor to take the matter to court.
And your donation made here, will help us secure more successful prosecutions.
Not only do they have to face the perpetrator again, in what can be proximity as close as touching distance, they also open themselves to being cross questioned by defence attorneys determined to keep the rapist out of jail. Then add the fear of potential intimidation, and you’ll understand why such a small percentage of people can bring themselves to face this further trauma.
Even more so if that survivor is a man, elderly, a sex worker, a transgender person or gay – these factors only add to the courage they need to face this taxing ordeal.
But for those who do, Rape Crisis – with the help of people like you – is there to support them every step of the way with pre-trial consultation and the protective and encouraging presence of a Rape Crisis court supporter by their side during the trial. A guilty verdict hangs on the very thin thread of the case being proven beyond all reasonable doubt. The testimony of the rape survivor plays a crucial role and those that get support feel confident of telling their own version of events in court.
Please, will you show a rape survivor now that you are with them all the way, by making your donation here?
Eleanor describes herself as being a disempowered woman before she answered a Rape Crisis advertisement calling for volunteers to join a training course. She came from a community where she witnessed women being regularly abused and she felt passionately that this was not okay. She jumped at doing that training course, and every other course since then, to become the deeply caring and powerful woman that she is today.
And that’s why we’re asking you for your donation, and also to spread news of the need by sharing this message with others who will help us to fight against the endemic crime of rape.