Join our campaign and help make acid attacks a thing of the past...
It’s the vile new crime of the 21st century. Unsuspecting victims are doused in acid, defenseless as their skin melts away. It’s as horrific as it sounds and yet more women across the UK are becoming victims of these brutal acid attacks – with the number of hospital admissions doubling in the last 10 years.
You might remember the story of Adele Bellis, who suffered an appalling acid attack while she waited at a bus stop in August 2014. As the acid was sprayed into her face, she screamed, ‘I’m burning, I’m burning.’
Adele, now 23, was left partially bald, is missing an ear, and will have scarring for the rest of her life. It was later revealed that her ex partner, Anthony Riley, then 26, had arranged for a friend to carry out the sick attack.
And yet sadly, Adele’s not the only one. With acid easily available in shops – for as little as £7 – attacks like this are on the rise. Figures reveal that one occurs every four days.
So, now Woman’s Own has joined forces with Adele and her mother Colleen, to launch our campaign to stop these attacks. And we want your help. Show your support by clicking below on either box to sign our petition.
Read Adele’s full story in this week’s Woman’s Own.
- Currently: There’s no specific law that prohibits acid violence in England and Wales – attackers are normally charged with wounding or throwing a corrosive fluid with intent to burn, maim, disfigure, disable or do grievous bodily harm.
We want: Acid attacks to become a crime in their own right in England and Wales, with set guidelines for penalties and sentences.
- Currently: These charges carry a sentence of life imprisonment, but minimum terms can vary. Just last year, Katie Piper’s attacker Stefan Sylvestre applied for parole after serving six years; and Adele’s attacker, Jason Harrison, may serve just over half of his four-years-and-four-month sentence.
We want: Tougher sentencing to reflect the severity of the attack. Victims are often left with lifelong injuries, whereas their attackers may serve as little as six years.
- Currently: There are no regulations on the sale of products with high amounts of sulphuric acid – which can be anything from drain cleaner to detergents – meaning children as young as 10 can buy them in store or online.
We want: Age restrictions on the sale of products containing high levels of sulphuric acid.
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