The wife of Prince Charles vows to make helping the victims of rape and sexual violence a key part of her public work

By Simon Perry
Updated October 14, 2015 03:40 PM
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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has taken a bold step in outlining her fight against rape and sexual violence.

In a rare, moving letter, the wife of Prince Charles has expressed her determination to “shine a light” on the dark subject.

It is an unusual step by Camilla, 68, who has been quietly building a public profile alongside her husband of 10 years, against a backdrop of initial public skepticism and wariness rooted in the fact that she was the “third person” in Charles’s marriage to the late Princess Diana.

But in recent years Camilla has increasingly found her voice as a supporter of various causes. Writing in the Daily Mail newspaper, she says she hopes there will be a “change in the air,” as people publicly discuss the “harrowing experience.”

“For those who have been the victims of rape and sexual violence, the traumatic effects can be long-lasting, not to say life-long,” she wrote.

She has been gradually building up her experience and knowledge in the area of helping those who have been victims of sexual violence after visiting a charity in South London in 2009. She said she has “glimpsed” the aftermath of the crimes, and praised those who provide a “life-line for the women, children and men who have been left traumatized and often made to feel worthless through no fault of their own.”

Camilla, who is preparing for an official tour with Charles to New Zealand and Australia next month, promises, “I will continue my work in the hope that it will help to shine a light on the violence hiding in the dark corners of our society. I have said it before and will say it again: We must try to build a future where we will simply not tolerate rape and sexual abuse any longer.”

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