Lee Eggleston was 14, and still at school, when she first heard about the Rape Crisis movement in the late 1970s. She had joined a CND group in Thurrock, Essex, from which a group of women soon branched off, including her and Sheila Coates, a young mother of two. "At one meeting," says Coates, "all the women were talking about sexual violence, and it was quite a shock. We'd all known each other for some time, but no one was aware that everyone in the room had had something happen, be it flashing or rape. No one had told anybody."

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