A huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who gave so generously to Women's Aid during our run of All The Things I Lied About at Soho Theatre.
A number of recent cases, not least of all that of Shana Grice who tragically died at the hands of her ex-boyfriend earlier this year, have kept the importance of these issues at the forefront of a our minds. For me, the most disturbing aspect of the Shana Grice case was that she did approach the Police, she did report her ex's threatening behaviour, and - because she was in an on/off relationship with him - she was turned away and charged with wasting Police time. We do not yet have a system that supports women properly, the law might aspire to but the gatekeepers to justice show again and again that women are suspected and judged as much as they are listened to. If not more.
Women's Aid does offer shelter to women and children who are suffering an immediate and present threat of violence or trying desperately to rebuild lives that have been shattered by someone else's controlling and dangerous behaviour, but they also campaign - constantly - to improve the highly flawed system. So thank you for helping them do that. Thank you for everyone who dropped a coin or a note in my sandcastle bucket. We raised £1604.18 this time round and they can do a lot of good with that.
You can find more information about them here.