If you've seen any local Oxford news in the last couple of days, you'll no doubt have heard the story of Jeanne Marie – a woman who was beaten up in an Oxford nightclub at the weekend for telling a man that it is 'completely inappropriate to touch a woman without her consent.'
Despite what she's been through, Jeanne Marie started a campaign to raise awareness of how sexual assault and violence continues to be an ordeal than many women face when they’re just trying to have a good night out.
After posting a photo of her bruised face on Facebook and tagging it with #nomakeupselfie, Jeanne Marie’s story has been shared thousands of times. And what's more, the fundraising page that Jeanne Marie set up has been inundated with donations to Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC).
We have been overwhelmed by the response to Jeanne Marie’s campaign and would like to give huge thanks to her for sharing her experience and drawing attention to what many women across the UK experience every day.
Over one thousand people have donated to her campaign so far, raising an incredible £9,000 to support the work of Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre. This clearly shows both the shared outrage felt by the public at what Jeanne Marie has experienced and an understanding of the need for services provided by organisations like Rape Crisis Centres. We would like to thank everyone who has donated so far. We provide confidential, independent and specialist support to over 350 women and girls every year who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives. As a small local charity the donations will give our work a real boost and will help us continue to support women who are dealing with the impacts of sexual violence as well as developing much needed services that we cannot currently offer due to lack of resources, like specialist counselling.
Sadly, this is not an isolated incident. We would like to see all clubs and pubs in Oxford adopting a clear zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment and for the police, schools and community leaders across Oxfordshire to do much more to prevent abuse of women and girls before it happens.
We warmly welcome any woman or girl who has been affected by sexual violence to contact us on 0800 783 6294 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.oxfordrapecrisis.net for more info. To find a Rape Crisis Centre near you, please visit www.rapecrisis.org.uk.