Oxfordshire women sew ‘quilt of hope’ for an end to sexual violence



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4 May 2012

Oxfordshire women sew ‘quilt of hope’ for an end to sexual violence

Celebratory quilt draws attention to issue of sexual violence in Oxfordshire

A colourful quilt made up of patches stitched by volunteers, service users and staff of Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC) goes on public display this week as part of Oxfordshire Artweeks.  The quilt has been created by dozens of women to mark OSARRC’s thirty year anniversary and send a message of hope of a world without sexual violence.

Service Manager Natalie Brook commented:

“This quilt highlights the fact that, sadly, violence against women is prevalent in today’s society. It also sends a hopeful message: that change is possible.

We are proud to have been able to support survivors of sexual violence in Oxfordshire for the last thirty years and hope we’ll be able to continuing doing the same for the next thirty.

However, funding for specialised support services for survivors of sexual violence is increasingly difficult to find and so Rape Crisis Centres across the country are fighting to maintain the services so desperately needed. Any support from the Oxfordshire public is truly appreciated.”

Kate Hall, an OSARCC volunteer, added: "I like the idea that all the love, support, respect and care that characterises OSARCC's work has been stitched into this quilt, leaving us with a physical memento of 30 years of sisterhood."

For more information and interviews contact Natalie Brook on 01865 725311/07752 269518 or email nbrook@osarcc.org.uk.


Notes to editors:

1.       Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC) have been supporting female survivors of sexual violence across Oxfordshire for thirty years. 

2.       OSARCC offers specialist services for women and girls who have been raped or have experienced other forms of sexual abuse – whether as adults or children, recently or in the past. We run a telephone helpline, email support service, peer support groups and do outreach work in the local community.  To find out more, and to support OSARCC, visit www.oxfordrapecrisis.net

3.       Rape and sexual violence is far more prevalent than many realise – almost a quarter of women (23%) experience sexual assault as an adult - but the majority of women (83%) are still reluctant to report to the police.

4.       The quilt is being displayed throughout the month of May as part of Oxfordshire Artweeks at The Jam Factory, 27 Park End Street, Oxford. The Jam Factory is open 7 days a week, 10am-11pm, www.thejamfactoryoxford.com

You can see more photos of the quilt on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.340459729354825.76745.108122179255249&type=1