Via The F Word, this is disgraceful…

“Jenny Jones, Green Party Assembly Member, today forced London’s Mayor to admit that he will not deliver new rape crisis centres in London on the scale he promised in his manifesto.

Before being elected, the Mayor pledged to provide £744,000 a year to fund the one existing rape crisis centre in London, along with three more new centres. However, under questioning by Jenny at the London Assembly budget committee, the Mayor stated that he would only provide £233,000 a year.

“Increased support for the victims of rape was an important part of Boris Johnson’s pledge to Londoners to tackle crime if they elected him. Now he is in office, he has cut his proposal by more than £500,000. He may say that he can lever in funds from elsewhere, but unless long-term funding is assured, rape victims will continue to suffer from inadequate support.”

This wasn’t merely a manifesto pledge, it was a cause that Boris claimed to sincerely believe in. Before the election – in a letter to Liz Kelly, Chair of End Violence Against Women – he had bold words on the subject…

“The next Mayor of London must show leadership if we are to end this crime…It is absolutely evident that we must be doing more to help, support and promote the assistance that is given to women…If I am fortunate to be elected on 1st May, this matter will be a priority under my Mayoralty…Quite simply, I believe that it is more important to fund Rape Crisis Centres than press officers.”

So, that’s the funding cut, the action plan delayed, Capitalwoman cancelled

Is there a pattern here by any chance?

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12 Responses to See, Rape Isn’t Really An Issue Anymore…

  1. On this subject, do you have an email address we can send a link to? There might be something which would make a good blog entry!

  2. BenSix says:

    Hmm…yes, we really do need a proper contact address. For now, though, feel free to use bensixATliveDOTcoDOTuk (with the AT changed to @ and the DOTs changed to .).

  3. [...] Boris Johnson promised to spend £744,000 on new centres for rape victims. Now he has gone back on his word, cutting the money available to only £200,000. This really is a disgrace. It is one [...]

  4. [...] transport programme and hiking up fares well above inflation; breaking his pledge to fully fund four rape crisis centres in London; pushing anti-redistributionist housing policies completely unsuited to the current [...]

  5. [...] Boris Johnson promised to spend £744,000 on new centres for rape victims. Now he has gone back on his word, cutting the money available to only £233,000. This really is a disgrace. It is one [...]

  6. [...] previously covered Boris’s backtracking on his pre-election pledge to fund more Rape Crisis Centres. (As I may have [...]

  7. [...] tackle violence against women. First Boris pledged, then he prioritised, then it was forgotten and quietly cut. You can contact him here if you feel strongly (or if you feel weakly but have a moment to [...]

  8. sagar says:

    hi how are you

  9. [...] In December, under pressure from Jenny Jones AM, he admitted that the promised funding would be substantially cut, while Yvonne Traynor, chief executive of the South London branch of Rape Crisis, revealed [...]

  10. emisje says:

    Me – If one reference in our country a success, we will as soon as possible mud swear at the person as is the case with our mayor

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