Last saturday, we had the privilege of being part of Mosaic – a one day conference all about the pursuit of God’s heart for justice; how we can get involved, how we can find our place in God’s justice picture.
It was a great day, with wonderful theologians and impassioned practitioners sharing their hopes and heart.
We were involved during the afternoon, hosting a workshop. The day was aimed at providing space for people to not only learn, but to offer their wisdom and skills in putting that into practice. We were running the workshop on Ending Sexual Violence with our friends from We Will Speak Out and Restored.
Sexual violence is common within most communities worldwide. Whilst this issue affects women, girls, men and boys, it is predominantly violence against females. And this isn’t simply a problem that happens elsewhere, it’s massively prevalent here too:
- On average, 2 women a week are killed by a male partner or former partner.
- 1-in-5 women in the England and Wales have been victims of sexual violence since the age of 16
- On average 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales each year.
- Over 400,000 women and 72,000 males are sexually assualted on average each year in the UK
- Around 90% of the victims of the most serious sexual offences knew their perpertrator
These statistics make me both angry and sad. How can this be the state of our society? How is this true?
So we’re joining in the fight and we want you to join in too…
There are a few things we’re looking to do:
- Research the problem of sexism and sexist attitudes amongst young people in the church
- Use our influence through social media to petition companies that use sexism to sell
- Grow a prayer movement within the Church which aims to educate and equip as well as put us before God in combating SV
- Work with men within the church to help them eradicate sexism and the abuse of power within their own lives.
This is just the start of the journey for us, and we will be working with some of the amazing people who are leading the way in ending sexual violence.
But, we’re starting.
So who is coming? Join us HERE.