New research says 1 in 3 women raped globally

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New research says 1 in 3 women raped globally

One Billion Rising, a global movement to end sexual violence, launches on Valentine's Day. 
Thousands of people will march throughout London and the UK for a Day of Action that calls for the end of abuse towards women and children.

They're hoping to put more pressure on the government to take the issue more seriously.

Eve Ensler, the founder of One Billion Rising, claims that one in three women across the planet will be raped during their lifetime, which amounts to one billion girls worldwide. 
“Every February, we rise to show the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors often face.”

Research conducted by UCL for Kids Company showed that some of the adolescents supported by the charity are 13 times more likely than other young people of a similar age to have experienced "severe to extreme" levels of sexual abuse.  They were also more than four times more likely to have experienced severe to extreme levels of physical abuse.

This Saturday February 14th, the march will start at Marble Arch in London. Elsewhere in the world another 200 countries participating in raising awareness in the name of  One Billion Rising. 

Lynne Franks, UK co-ordinator for One Billion Rising says, “Like all of us, I’m horrified and deeply saddened by the stories of sexual violence emerging daily from survivors.  I’m also seriously concerned by the absence of data on the real extent of sexual violence towards the vulnerable in all the places where they are meant to be safest.”

“Education and communication about healthy relationships and healthy love are vital to create a grassroots movement of community support, from schools to grandmothers, people of all ages.  The next parliament has the opportunity to draw a line in the sand and tackle this problem once and for all, by introducing better education policies, laws and community programmes. We want to hear what each party plans to do about it!”

Ms Franks joined Wake Up London to talk about the campaign in more detail. 


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