Tuesday 1st October 3pm,
Crossroads Women’s Centre
25 Wolsey Mews,
London NW5 2DX
“You find them coming in during the middle of the night when you are sleeping. I have been in bed lying down and someone has come into my room and I wake up and I am frightened. Why would a man be in my room at 2am?â€
– Yarl’s Wood Survivor
Today at Crossroads Women’s Centre in Kentish Town, the African Womenâ€™s Group, Women Against Rape and others are holding a speak-out about rape & sexual assault in Yarl’s Wood Immigration & Removal Centre. Women who have been detained at Yarl’s Wood will testify to their experiences and what they have witnessed whilst at the centre.
â€œSexual and racist abuse and other violence by guards have prompted regular protests, even hunger strikes, by women detained in Yarlâ€™s Wood. The same names of guards having sex with women in their care come up over and again. It appears to be so widespread that it is impossible for the authorities, including the Home Office, not to have known about it until it was publicly exposed. Women have been deported without the alleged rape being investigated â€“ a cover up?
All complaints of abuse must be fully investigated and victims being released given protection so there can be no reprisals from guards who are in a position of power over them. Guards found guilty of perpetrating abuse or of enabling the abuse to go on, must be held to account and prosecuted.â€
Black Womenâ€™s Rape Action Project
Also at 2pm, Movement for Justice are holding a demonstration against deportation from Yarl’s Wood outside the Home Office more details here.
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