Dr Sarah Wollaston - http://www.drsarah.org.uk/ (follow Sarah on Twitter @drwollastonmp)
MP for Totnes
I am honoured to be a patron of Devon Rape Crisis. Devon has waited a long time for a dedicated service for women who have been victims of sexual violence. I know how valuable this confidential service will be for all those who want to move on with their lives. Being able to talk on the phone or face to face with someone who understands the impact of these crimes can make a real difference. Devon Rape Crisis will also campaign to prevent sexual violence in Devon and I look forward to working with them to help bring their campaign to Westminster.
I have spent many years involved in the dance industry employing and mentoring the, mostly female, personnel, so I understand just how many women and girls need this support. I am proud to be a Patron of Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services and to support the work of the amazing volunteers and staff.
Author - http://www.leeweeks.co.uk/
I am very proud to be part of something that, with support, will go on helping women for a long time to come.
Professor Marianne Hester
Professor Marianne Hester OBE (MA Oxon, Phd Leeds) is the Head of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the school for Policy Studies, University of Bristol and Patron of South Tyneside Women's Aid. She has been involved in the Rape Crisis Movement in the UK for many years and has worked in close collaboration with organisations such as Women's Aid that provide services to women and children experiencing domestic violence. She was involved with Rape Crisis in Leeds from 1979 and with Rape Crisis in Exeter from 1989 to approx 1994.