Wellington Rape Crisis has managed to achieve its funding goal in just a week (yes, somewhat thanks to a bunch of sensationalist marketing wanks who fucked up and tried to buy their way out of it). This means they can keep operating – for this financial year.
And that’s ignoring the fact that their return to “full” services is still only five days a week. They can’t afford to be a 24/7 organisation.
So their problems aren’t over. They need ongoing support, and since our government provides minimal financial aid – and does such a spectacular job of supporting sexual violence survivors themselves – that means we have to keep doing it.
Of course, this is the rightwing dream: see, we all have our own money and we choose where to spend it!
Except Rape Crisis isn’t a bakery. It’s not a car yard. It provides a very necessary service to people in need, and its survival shouldn’t be premised on its appeal or urgent pleas for aid when things get too tight.