Author JK Rowling has established a new support service to help meet the “unmet need” for women who have experienced sexual violence.
eira’s Place in Edinburgh will be a support and advocacy service for women in Lothians aged 16 and over who have experienced violence or sexual abuse at any point in their lives.
Organizers said the service, which will be free of charge, was set up to meet a need among female survivors for a women-only service, as one is not currently available in the area. .
As well as Ms Rowling, the board of directors includes former prison governor Rhona Hotchkiss, former Scottish Labor leader Johann Lamont, GP Margaret McCartney, and Foundation for Women Scotland director Susan Smith.
Ms Rowling, who is also a sponsor of Beira’s Place, said: “I founded Beira’s Place to provide what I believe to be the current unmet need of women in the Lothians.
“As a sexual assault survivor myself, I know how important it is for survivors to have the right to choose women-centred and women-led care at a time when it is most convenient. hurt like that.
“Beira’s Place will increase the availability of services in the area and I hope to help more women deal with and recover from their trauma.”
The launch comes days before the final vote next week on the Scottish Government’s plan to reform the Gender Recognition Act, of which Ms Rowling has been outspoken.
We are committed to ensuring that our service is free, confidential and accessible to women survivors who may need it.Isabelle Kerr, Place of Beira
The Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill, which is currently being passed Holyrood, proposes to remove the requirement for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria as a condition for obtaining a gender recognition certification.
In recent years, concerns have been raised about the impact the Bill could have on single-gender spaces, with some critics suggesting it could put women at risk. – an allegation that the Scottish Government has repeatedly denied.
Beira’s Place will be run by a team of experienced salaried support staff, headed by chief executive officer Isabelle Kerr and deputy chief executive Susan Domminney, both of whom have 32 years of experience running the Show. rape crisis in Glasgow and Clyde.
“Violence against women and girls is a problem across all cultures, classes and religions,” Ms. Kerr said.
“These are gender crimes committed more disproportionately by men and disproportionately committed by women.
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“Beira’s Place recognizes that effective sexual violence services must be independent, need-driven and provide women-centered, need-based services so that they are not pressured by programs. current political agenda.
“We are committed to ensuring that our service is free, confidential, and accessible to women survivors who may need it.”
Beira’s Place is named after Beira, the Scottish goddess of winter.
Explaining why the board chose the name, Ms Rowling said: “Beira rules the dark times of the year, handing over to her sister, the Bride, when summer comes again.
“Beira represents the wisdom, strength and rebirth of women.
“Her powers are those that endure in difficult times, but her legend holds the promise that they won’t last forever.”
Beira’s Place is not a charity and will not rely on donations.
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