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Sale and Altrincham Messenger 24 June 2010, page 11.        Old Trafford News Spring 2010, page 7.        

BME Service Launch and Declaring the Activism of Black Feminist Theory Convention

Asian Lite Magazine covered our Convention and Service Launch on 9th March and their article, written by Nadia Aliwas (HR Manager /Events Cordinator, Asian Lite Media Ltd, tel: 0161 713 2906 /07838407663, is now available.

Read Asian Lite's report of the event
More about the Convention

Ken Clarke's Comments about rape.
In May 2011 comments made by Justice Minister Ken Clarke caused some concern nationally. The Manchester Evening News of 19th May 2011 carried a story on our responses to this.

 Trafford Rape Crisis Launch Event

11 March 2011, at St Matthews Hall, Stretford.  A total of 90 people got together to celebrate the launch of the service.  This involved some moving singing from Yesika and a "speak out" performance by members of Trafford Rape Crisis.  Many local organisations provided stalls, including: Million Women Rise; Victim Support; Manchester Rape Crisis; New Way Forward; Justice for Women; Trafford Women's AidChange; Independent Choices; Phoenix Futures and WAST.

Suryia Nayak spoke for the group and introduced our services and philosophy.  Councillor Jonathan Coupe welcomed us to Trafford, whilst MPs Paul Goggins and Kate Green also spoke warmly.  Chris Bennett, the National Coordinator of Rape Crisis England and Wales was kind enough to travel all the way from Cornwall, to speak.  Chris reminded us all of the feminist politics of the rape crisis movement and the importance of this approach to supporting women.  Cath Little from TRC then chaired a panel discussion, before we broke for lunch.

Cartoonist Jacky Fleming allowed us to use her "Never Give Up" cartoon on t-shirts and on our celebration cake.

Students from Manchester Metropolitan University also came along and helped us with the organisation of the event and serving of lunch.  Many thanks to the students, to Robin at St Matthews, to everyone else who helped and to everyone who attended.

Ministry of Justice Press Release, 8 March 2011.



Victims of rape and sexual violence will receive the specialist help they need following Ministry of Justice funding to develop a new support centre in Trafford, said Justice Minister, Crispin Blunt.


The announcement on the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day is part of the Government’s commitment to increase rape support centres across England and Wales and ensure victims who need the most help get it.


The new funding will allow the new Rape Crisis centre to, among other things, launch a new service for Black and Asian women with a dedicated telephone helpline and email support and a text support service and online chat-based service for survivors, families and friends.


Justice Minister, Crispin Blunt said:


"Rape and sexual violence are devastating crimes which ruin lives.

“By providing long-term funding to develop a new rape support centre in Trafford the government is demonstrating its commitment to ensure that every victim receives the specialist support they need to rebuild their lives.”


A spokesperson for Trafford Rape Crisis said:


"We are delighted with the news that Trafford Rape Crisis has been selected by the Ministry of Justice as one of its new and emerging rape crisis centres to receive support. 


“The funding will enable us to launch a number of new services and to move on with our work in a timely fashion.  We are all excited at the prospect of taking on these new challenges and happy to know that many more women in Trafford can now access Rape Crisis support." 


Three other new rape support centres will be developed in Hereford, Dorset and Devon.


Last month the government announced £10.5 million funding over three years to help put rape crisis centres on a stable, financial footing, enabling them to give sustained support to those who need it most.


Trafford Council News Release, 8 March 2011    

A Trafford based organisation that supports women who have experienced rape or sexual abuse has received funding to continue its good work in the community.

Trafford Rape Crisis (TRC) is an organisation run by women for women, which aims to support women survivors of rape or sexual abuse so they can maintain control over their lives and raise awareness about rape and sexual abuse committed against women and girls, regardless of their background or circumstances.

TRC have been selected as one of only four centres of its kind in the country to receive a share of £600,000 funding. TRC is receiving £115,000 of this to expand their services.

Dr Kate Cook from TRC said: "The impact of rape or sexual abuse is extremely difficult to deal with and is something that women respond to in different ways; some find it almost impossible to speak of, whilst others need to talk about it a great deal, not just immediately, but for months and years following. Whatever the reaction, we can offer support.

"TRC offers free and confidential advice, guidance, training and expertise within the community and actively challenges the values, beliefs and behaviours which contribute to women's oppression. This funding will help us to become more stable so that we can concentrate on helping more women who need our help."

Trafford Council and the Safer Trafford Partnership is also supporting TRC to make applications for funding and making sure that together the service can grow and become more sustainable.

Leader of Trafford Council Councillor Matt Colledge said: "I welcome this funding which will help TRC support some of the most vulnerable women in our community. The centre is a fantastic resource for anyone going through such traumatic times and this funding will help the centre continue to deliver its vital services.

TRC is a valuable asset for our residents and we are very lucky to have it in our Borough. We will continue to work in partnership with TRC to ensure the women who need to be signposted to this service are aware of the help they can receive from this centre."

Manchester Evening News, March 8, 2011.

Sale and Altrincham Messenger, March 8, 2011.

BBC News, March 8, 2011.