Friday, 3 August 2012

On a more serious note:

As I mentioned in my last post I signed up for a 10k, which quite frankly is rediculous.
I'm not much of a runner, and if you told me I'd have been doing this a year ago I would have flat out laughed in your face. Heavy smoker who couldn't sprint for a train let alone run a 10k.
Well I ditched the fags, joined the gym and while I won't be signing up for any marathons in the near future I have taken to running. The whole training process has been shameful with me obsessively reading running tips online - leading to me singing happy birthday to myself as I make my way round Glasgow Green and earning a few odd looks along the way. Anyway after heeming, hawing and generally being completely evasive about the whole thing I decided to sign up for the Great Scottish Run. Money down, no escape.
Around 400,000 women are sexually assaulted and 80,000 women are raped each year in the U.K. (British Crime Survey 2010/2011) and only 10% of rape cases in Scotland are prosecuted (Rape Crisis Scotland 2011.)
Rape Crisis Scotland is such a wonderful charity, having been at the forefront for campaigning against sexual violence for over 30 years - changing attitudes and changing laws. They offer helplines, crisis centres, therapy, access to counselling no matter how long ago the attack happened. Their campaigns including "This is not an invitation to rape me", "Pie Chart Postcard" and "10 Top Tips to End Rape" focus more on changing attitudes from a victim blaming culture, and what she's wearing/drinking shouldn't be seen as "asking for it."
Through ITCOW, it has always been important for me to raise money for women's charities - and I would like to continue supporting charities like Rape Crisis Scotland who provide the support needed for victims of rape as well as money towards their campaigns.
I'm running on the 2nd of September and if you could find anything to go towards supporting this charity I would be crazy grateful.
 If you would like to donate please go to my workwithus page here and donate anything you can. Sexual violence is still something people don't talk about openly and I think it is so important that charities like Rape Crisis Scotland are there to change attitudes and help those in need.
Thanks

Claire
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  1. I really respect what you're doing. I think the fact that so few rapists are prosecuted in the UK is not something that most people are made aware of until they are unfortunately find themselves in a situation that makes them aware of it, and I think it's every woman's responsibility to our gender to raise awareness and change attitudes towards rape.

    I'll be donating when I get paid :) xoxo

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