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WORKING WITH RACPA AT BREAKING BANDS FESTIVAL – ROCK AGAINST CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND ABUSE

At Breaking Bands Festival we are always listening to what people want for us to improve the whole weekend. As a very family orientated weekend with the full camping set up, the fun theme each year and free entry for all under 14s we feel we are doing it in the right way. We met the RACPA team at Beermageddon the first time we came to the venue, a year before Breaking Bands Festival was set up and have bumped into their team at many events across the UK and have had a great few conversations with them. Finally, we have been able to get them to come to the festival to help spread the word to more people about their charity, Rock Against Child Pornography and Abuse.

Maria, Carmen and Beth and their team are very dedicated to the cause and we feel its a great place for them to give people more one to one time to chat and make people aware what the charity is about. In familiar territory as the team visit Stoke Prior for Beermageddon each year we were really pleased they wanted to come to Breaking Bands Festival.

Mobile Phone Charging…

Also.. remember we asked about mobile phone charging? The RACPA team are going to be running the mobile device charging tent too. You can take your phone, ipad etc to them over the weekend, they will give you a ticket and you can come back a few hours later to collect your device fully charged up. All we ask is you make a charitable donation or purchase one of the RACPA goodies that they have on sale. ALL money received will be for RACPA and none of it will be collected by the festival. Hopefully raising awareness for the charity as well as some funding too.

From the RACPA website…

When RACPA UK began in 2006, it was in response to the lack of awareness, understanding, support and help that surrounds the whole subject of child pornography and childhood sexual abuse. It is almost a taboo subject, not one that can be openly discussed, not one that people know how to respond to, a subject so horrifying that it is easier to believe that it doesn’t happen that often and certainly not to anyone that we may know personally. It happens in other places, to other people, never on our streets, our estates, in our suburbs. And when you come across the stories in the media, they are distant, removed. And of course, the victims remain nameless, faceless statistics.

We asked…what about those victims? What is being done for them? Are they being found, rescued, protected…being given the help and support that they need to heal? We know what happens to the abusers, that there is therapy, support; help with moving back into society…surely the victims get that as well? Sadly, we found that the answer to that question is no.

So, we decided to start asking the difficult questions, to take the matter into the public arena and say “Do you know how hard it is for a victim of sexual abuse to come forward? How much damage is done to a whole life if no-one listens when a child cries out for help? If no-one hears that cry or believes what happened, what then?”

In the years we have been doing this work, we hear about the “what then”, from the victims and survivors themselves, many of whom have never been able to speak out, who have carried their scars trapped behind the wall of silence. The wall that we have begun to take down, a brick at a time, as we stand up and shout “No more!”. Why are the rights of victims not given priority over the rights of abusers…why are the resources not there to provide the help they so desperately need…why do victims feel that they cannot speak up?

So our goal became to speak up for them, to make people aware of how devastating it is to be a victim of child pornography or sexual abuse, how it can destroy a life completely, or at the very least leave scars that may never heal.

We took our work out into the world, and found musicians, bands, venues, promoters, all willing to stand with us, to offer what they have in support of those victims, to stand on a stage and say that they are behind us, that they are standing with us and those victims, to let them know that they are not alone, that we are all here for them, and we will all stand up and shout for them. We KNOW what that means to those victims and survivors, because they come to us in many different ways, and let us know how important it is that this generation and the ones to follow don’t have to deal with their fear alone.

So, together, all standing strong, we WILL make a difference for the children of today and tomorrow, and make sure yesterdays children are not forgotten.

Please check out the RACPA website by clicking HERE for more details on what they do.

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