Wellington Rape Crisis is looking for collectors for their Annual Appeal. Visit their Facebook page for more info.
Last year WRC faced having to reduce its hours of operation, even as its rate of contacts had nearly doubled. Then, they had to rely on positive-media-attention-seeking bribe money from Hell Pizza to re-open their doors.
They provide an absolutely critical service which saves women’s lives and which in any truly just society would be securely government funded.
I’ll have a $20 in my pocket for 12 April. I bloody well hope you do too.
Following on from the funding shortfall at Wellington Rape Crisis, now it’s Auckland’s turn.
The HELP Foundation take 12,000 calls a year, and despite government promises to assist them … yep, they’re in trouble. More info and account details to make a donation in this article – please note at this point the donation account is only open until 26 October.
On the cynical side of things, does anyone really think it’s coincidental that these two crises for organisations providing badly-needed services, in an area Good Decent People don’t like to talk about at the dinner table, have occurred so close together? Take it away, NRT:
There’s an obvious pattern that emerges from these two incidents: the government doesn’t care about rape victims. These services cost a pittance, and yet there is no money for them. Why? Because unlike tax cuts, inflated CEO salaries, there’s no obvious benefit to rich white men like themselves.
Funding services for sexual assault victims also doesn’t fit the smile-and-wave idiom, nor provide a great opportunity to rark up people who think of themselves as “middle-class” about Not Getting Their Fair Share.
Can you imagine if our government – and that’s any government, not just the current one – treated sexual assault like benefit fraud?
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.
As of Monday, Wellington Rape Crisis has had to cut its services to sexual assault victims from 5 days a week to 4.
They need $55,000 by 1 April or they can’t keep operating.
Our government does as little as it possibly can for survivors of sexual assault. We shouldn’t need organisations like Wellington Rape Crisis filling a much-needed gap, but they do. Between 2011 and 2012 their client contacts have nearly doubled and now they can only provide their incredibly-needed help from Monday to Thursday each week.
As the PSA says, they need more than cake stalls.
Please help Wellington Rape Crisis.
My single cynical thought on this whole thing is that maybe if the Salvation Army weren’t a bunch of preachy, charity-hogging thugs, Rape Crisis might be in a better financial position.
Via LudditoJourno, Wellington Rape Crisis is holding its annual appeal on 13 April this year.
It’s one day of the year when I am guaranteed to give money to a street collector.
Protip, alleged Christians: shitting all over the little guy (where guy = women victims of sexual assault) when you collect $800k annually? Probably not something Jesus was down with.
No matter how much we can raise, it won’t be enough. But by donating, we demonstrate two things: First, that every rape survivor, every rape survivor, is exactly as important as this one WikiLeaks member (and keep in mind that the organization of WikiLeaks, no matter how you feel about it, could in fact keep going without Assange). Second, we communicate the same thing we’ve been saying all along, which is: If you are a rape survivor, we have your back. We care. We don’t care who comes at you, or how hostile the culture is to you, or who you are: We care about you, about your right to live in a world without rape culture or rape apologism, about dismantling rape culture and rape apologism, about providing you with the support and resources you need, about opposing those who would smear or endanger or hurt you, and just, basically, making sure that if you need a hand we will give it. We care about you.
We are going to keep pressuring Michael Moore (@MMFlint! #MooreandMe!) for an apology, an explanation, and a donation of $20,000. But we can help rape victims, too.
I’m a privileged girl. I have plenty of time to kill on the weekends watching hashtags and stirring up trolls online.
I can also make a difference in real life by contributing some of my disposable income – a byproduct of my unearned privilege as an educated, employed middle-class white person – to help support other victims of rape and sexual abuse.
I know many people cannot afford to contribute in this way – capitalism, ho! – but I can. And if you can, let the world know that you too will stand up for rape victims and refuse to let them be shamed and silenced.