We are delighted to announce Rock Against Child Pornography and Abuse UK (RACPA) as our chosen charity to support for 2017 and beyond.
Rock Against Child Pornography and Abuse UK are an amazing charity dedicated to raising awareness of the long term effects of childhood sexual abuse, as well as providing a safe and confidential point of first contact for victims and their families.
They also provide information, support and advice on child abuse, child pornography, internet safety (including sexting and grooming) and sexual exploitation.
The charity is run 100% by a group of dedicated volunteers who run this charity alongside jobs, homes and families, and have done for more than 10 years.
As well as providing support to victims and their families, they aim to help break the silence around this issue, and make it easier for people to speak up and get help. There are many things that were once taboo to discuss, which we now discuss freely, and one day they hope that sexual abuse will become one of those things. In the meantime, their goal is to speak up for the victims, 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. It is estimated that we all know someone who has been a victim of child abuse, even though that person may not have ever revealed it.
One of the ways they help to break this silence is through rock music. They attend events nationally and are available to discuss any concerns expressed about online safety, child pornography, and all associated issues. These events offer a safe place for victims to disclose and seek support without marking themselves as victims in any way – they are attending a rock gig to listen to the music and therefore are not directly seeking help.
They also have a mobile information unit where they can offer tutorials on subjects such as parental monitoring software, safe browsing, spotting possible grooming, and educational platforms for very young children etc. All tutorials are age specific and accessible to anyone in search of the relevant information. They have already travelled to many places in the UK where they have attended festivals, market days and other public events. The Infobus is fitted with laptops, various types of software, information, and also provides a small area for confidential conversations.
This is a cause which is close to our hearts, and one that we are proud to support. The work they do is invaluable in supporting people who may have lived with this trauma for their whole lives, and in also helping raise awareness of this issue so that people feel more able to come forward and talk about it. We look forward to helping RACPA raise funds and awareness in the coming months.
As well as donating a percentage of our profits to RACPA, we will be fundraising for them on an ongoing basis, and any funds that you kindly donate to this great cause will be hugely appreciated, and will help them to reach even more people in need. To support The Goodwill Emporium in their fundraising efforts visit our Just Giving page.