I want to tell you about some women whose faces I’ve never even seen, women who I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting in real life, and I never will. This is the nature of the work I do, which is volunteering for Manchester Rape Crisis. I’ve been very grateful to have the opportunity to help — or rather, ease the suffering — of those particular women who have been affected by sexual violence. I go to the Pankhurst centre on a Wednesday or Thursday evening, and I speak to them on the phone. They are extremely open with me. I am in awe of them. What I admire the most about these women is that they called the helpline, to ask to speak to us; I find that so empowering. The suffering that they have experienced is significant. Some of them might have issues like dissociative identity disorder, and yet they are still able to call us and ask for help. I think we should celebrate this small act; their brain is able to protect them from harm, even in a small way. I am in awe of the fact that they have stood against a society which would tell the, you are lying, this isn’t true, your uncle is a nice man, the vicar at the Church is a nice man and would never do anything like that. They have stood up, they have gone to the police. And also they have acknowledged what has happened to them. I think it’s so easy to bury it in your brain and not even talk about it. For them to pick up the phone and call us — I think that’s amazing. I hope no woman has to suffer from sexual violence, but unfortunately, the statistics are much higher than what we expect. In some countries there is hardly any rape reported. But that’s just because it’s such a taboo issue. In particular I’m talking about Pakistan, where my family is from. Women don’t report rape because no woman can speak about it, no one can go to the police — even if she does, I imagine that she is just turned away. However recently I have heard some good news, which is that there has been a helpline opened in the northern areas of Pakistan, which are usually a bit more rural than the cities. That’s great because I imagine that in the rural towns there isn’t much support for this issue at all. So that’s the women I admire. The women who call the helpline.