It has certainly been a fun weekend here at SAFE. We hosted the international event One Billion Rising on Saturday and it was a huge success. We were overwhelmed with the amount of people who turned up to take part in the flashmob dance and those that came to watch. 

The flashmob dance was led by Johanna Morgan of JM Dance fit based in Sidmouth. She did an absolutely fantastic job of teaching many women, men and children from all over Devon, the dance steps to the One Billion Rising theme tune "Break The Chain." All the dancers wore red and they definitely caught the attention of shoppers and people passing by.

Our CEO, Jacinta Wainwright led us through the afternoon as we heard from guest speakers sharing stories and raising awareness of violence and inequality around Devon. SAFE's service manager, Fleur Buechler shared her experiences of the work that SAFE has been doing and our vision for the future. We then heard from Rachael Smith from Restore; a charity who works with victims of modern day slavery. A very moving story was shared as an example of the work that they do. Last but certainly not least we heard from Linda Regan, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services. Linda shared some shocking statistics on rape and violence, which shocked the audience and got everybody trying to comprehend the current situation in Devon. 

As well as our guest speakers, we also had music from singer song writer Sadie Horler who sang a couple of beautiful songs for us.

Again, we were so pleased with the response that we received on Saturday from Exeter and although a very serious topic, we were able to spread the message whilst having fun and being part of a huge world wide
event. It is easy to assume that violence against women only happens in other countries and here in Devon we are not affected. However, Saturday's event brought home the fact that violence against women is happening here in Devon and there is so much that we can be doing to   help those that have been affected as well as helping in the prevention of violence. 

If you would like to help SAFE continue to carry out our work then please give whatever you can, as little as £3 - £5 a month can make a huge difference to help stop abuse for everyone.

Thank you again to everyone who took part in the flashmob dance and to our fabulous volunteers. A special thanks to Kyle Baker our photographer who volunteered his time and talent. 

Our event made it to the front page of the Express & Echo printed on the 20.2.17. See the pictures below! Can you spot yourself?