South Yorkshire MP calls for greater protection for women and girls

Tomorrow is International Women’s day, a day for celebrating women across the world and all their achievements, but Rotherham MP Sarah Champion believes the government needs to be doing more to protect women.

Ms Champion spoke out after it was revealed yesterday that there has been a fall in the number of rape charges. Ministers are ordering new surveys looking into the links between online pornography and the impact it has on people’s attitudes to women – but Champion says without increased funding the strategy will not even ‘scratch the surface of the problem.’

Home Secretary Sajid Javid responded to say, “It is not acceptable that in today’s society, one in four women in the UK will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime, and one in five will experience sexual violence.

“As a father, I want to see my children grow up in a world where violence against women and girls is a thing of the past, and where they have no reason to fear those closest to them.”

Sheffield based domestic abuse charity Mums in Need also think more pressure should be put the government to help victims of violence, specifically saying that: “The government needs to provide adequate longer-term support provision for all survivors of violence.”

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