Urgent repeal on “Rape Clause” - Justice for rape victims
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Forcing women to disclose details of rape is inhumane. Recent changes to tax credits mean mothers can only get the financial support they need for a maximum of 2 children.
For a mother to get this for a third or additional child conceived as a result of rape, she will now have to prove her rape and have it “verified” by a third party. This policy is shameful and needs to be scrapped URGENTLY.
Tax credits are an incentive given to those who need it - meaning that they are able to use tax money for other means. This new part of the policy, was introduced by the UK government on the 6th April 2017, without a Parliamentary vote despite opposition from other MP’s, women’s rights campaigners and charities.
Having worked with victims of rape and domestic violence, I understand the tough challenges some women are faced with. 1 in 5 women aged 16 - 59 have experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16. Not only do they have to live with the trauma for the rest of their life, but for some women, survival whilst still in fear of the perpetrator is a huge concern. Forcing rape victims to disclose details of the assault and name their child and the perpetrator is abhorrent and dangerous - it puts them in direct risk of further potential violence.
What can you do to help?
Please sign and share the petition widely. With the implementation of this horrendous policy, not only are there very dangerous long term implications to the mental health, wellbeing and recovery of rape victims and their children, but worryingly women and children’s lives are at real risk.
Denying a mother tax credits on the basis of her inability to leave a violent relationship shows a disregard and complete lack of understanding of domestic abuse and sexual violence. 76% of women killed are murdered by their ex-partner/spouse within the first year of separation.
Forcing women to leave a violent relationship in order to claim tax credits is unethical, very dangerous and puts women and children's lives at immediate risk.
Please sign this petition now and help rape victims get the respect and justice they deserve.
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