`Time´s Up Theresa´ protesters invade Bafta red carpet

The women were dressed in black as part of the'BAFTA blackout, chanting'sisters united we'll never be defeated. They hijacked the Time's Up movement- which came to the fore in the wake of the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal- by wearing'Time's

Drawing on their 2015 invasion of the red carpet invasion at the premiere of Suffragette, members of the group stormed the BAFTAs 2018 red carpet to call "Time's Up" on Theresa May.

While laying on the red carpet, they chanted "the DV Bill's a cover-up, Theresa May your time is up".

This is because "pro-arrest" policies- which set arrest targets for police officers -have actually led to a situation in which everyone involved in an incident of domestic violence is more likely to be arrested, including the survivor of the abuse.

Sisters Uncut say that similar policies to May's bill in the U.S. has led to an increase in the number of survivors being arrested - particularly black and minority ethnic and poorer survivors.

Sisters Uncut say that the bill which is presented by the government as an important landmark piece of legislation meant to support survivors of domestic violence is, actually, in danger of criminalizing the very people it claims to protect.

"I think an incredible amount of work has been done in an incredibly short space of time. Alongside my sisters, I will continue to use direct action until power is given back to survivors by the government funding refuges and specialist domestic violence services". Since then, the situation has only got worse, and we have campaigned relentlessly to push the government to take state responsibility for keeping survivors safe. With the upcoming Domestic Violence and Abuse Act, May is hoping to raise public awareness around the issue and to improve the system in place.

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Other stories show certain survivors face much greater risks when they report abuse to the police, such as in the recent case of a rape victim being detained and threatened with deportation.

In the United Kingdom, the Prison Reform Trust has found that police are already repeatedly arresting survivors, despite the fact their partner is the primary perpetrator. Refuges are beyond breaking point in England, and stand to be lost nearly completely if the government proceeds with plans to remove their housing benefit funding.

One of the protesters Ana Kaur said: "We are in solidarity with the Time's Up campaign".

"I protested last night because as a survivor of domestic violence, Theresa's Domestic Violence Bill promising more convictions is a personal threat to my safety".

"As well as calling Time's Up on individual perpetrators, we have to call Time's Up on our government for failing to provide us with real options and support".

Sisters Uncut is formed of non-binary people and women.

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