A rape charity has been bombarded with abuse from supporters of the far right campaigner Tommy Robinson after he posted a photograph of a poster offering help to women from ethnic minority backgrounds on social media.
In a statement on its website, Rape Crisis (Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks) said it had been inundated with phone calls, messages and emails since a poster advertising its specialist services for black, Asian and minority ethnic women was posted on Facebook with a misleading caption.
The charity said that many of the messages it had received were of "an overtly racist nature" and it had informed the police.
The calls had also "disrupted much-needed service provision for victims and survivors of sexual violence and abuse of all ethnicities and backgrounds", the charity’s statement said.
The poster was part of the charity’s work to help women who have survived sexual violence and abuse and who face additional barriers to accessing services.
This included language needs and fear or experience of racism and racial discrimination, the charity said.
The poster advertising the services was featured on Tommy Robinson’s Facebook page with a misleading caption questioning why the services did not include white women, which the charity’s statement said led to it receiving abuse.
The charity’s statement said: "The charity provides an equal opportunities service to all women, regardless of race, cultural background, sexual orientation and disability.
"Women from all walks of life are welcomed and supported by Rape Crisis (Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks), and experience the centre as a safe and appropriate environment in which to heal."
Robinson said in a statement on his Facebook page that he never asked supporters to call in and told them not to contact the charity, but expressed no regrets about highlighting the poster.