Jean Hatchet – Special Award Winner – 2018

Jean rides her bike for each of the women murdered by men as a result of intimate partner or family violence. She began the project in 2017 by riding for all the women murdered in 2016 and have now completed 183 rides and ridden almost 5000 miles. She keeps the names of the women in the memory of the public by highlighting the details of how they died and indicating the male perpetrator tactics that were used. So it is partly to honour the women and celebrate their life and partly to raise awareness of the dynamics of intimate partner abuse. She has raised nearly £10,000 which has been used to match fund an IDVA for Wearside Women In Need who faced the loss of their funding at the time she began. 

In March 2017 she raised £1500 in a few days to show solidarity with the complainant in the rape trial of Paddy Jackson after he and his co-accused were acquitted after a torturous trial. This was accepted on her behalf by Rape Crisis Network Ireland. 

In October 2016 she raised £27,000 for the complainant in the Ched Evans trial after his acquittal and this was divided between Rape Crisis England and Wales and the complainant. This was again as a show of solidarity at the appalling way she was treated in court and the lack of justice in the way Section 41 was utilised against the woman.

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