Women Against Rape have put together a number of actions you can take to support Gail Sherwood, the woman who was sentenced to two years in prison earlier this month for “falsely” claiming she had been raped and harassed by an unknown stranger. Since being in prison, Gail has suffered a stroke and is slowly recovering, and she is finding the separation from her family particularly hard to bear. WAR are asking that we:
- Sign and circulate their online petition: FREE GAIL SHERWOOD! PROSECUTE RAPISTS NOT VICTIMS!
- Write to Gail. It is really important that she knows how much support she has. Please send WAR any letters you would like them to forward to her.
- Contact WAR with your experiences of reporting rape to the police. Were you disbelieved or encouraged to withdraw your complaint? Were you accused of making a false allegation?
- Send a donation to WAR to help with support costs such as fares to visit Gail. Please address cheques to Women Against Rape and mark on the back ‘for Gail Sherwood Fighting Fund’. You can donate online securely via Just Giving.
WAR’s address is: Crossroads Women’s Centre, 230a Kentish Town Rd, London, NW5 2AB. You can email them on: war[at]womenagainstrape.net.