THOUSANDS of women and girls across Gloucestershire are affected by sexual violence (either historical or recent) every year.
On International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8, a free event in Stroud will explore women’s experiences of sexual violence, focusing on issues and actions.
A panel of women, including women who have been supported by Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, award winning Guardian journalist Louise Tickle and Dr Louise Livesey of the University of Gloucestershire, will share their perspectives and invite discussion.
Representatives from Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre will speak about their invaluable specialist support services.
The event will be held on Sunday, March 8 from 6pm to 8pm at the Old Town Hall, the Shambles, Stroud.
All welcome, light refreshments will be provided.
You can book your place here or just turn up on the day.
The event will be a fundraiser for Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre. Donations will be invited at the end.
Chair of the event Jess McQuail said: “The struggle for sexual violence against women and girls to be taken seriously is one of society’s ongoing challenges.”
Maggie Stewart, Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre’s director said: “We welcome the opportunity to increase awareness of our services and to share our approach to supporting women and girls in Gloucestershire, as part of International Women’s Day 2020.”