Nicola is well known for her active campaigning on sexual abuse, she is a trained as a domestic violence champion herself and worked with Government colleagues, abuse charities and victims to get a change in the law through to better protect children in the wake of Operation Bullfinch in Oxford.
Now, as local families continue to raise concerns about protections for young people and in light of serious sexual offences which have taken place locally over recent years, Nicola is launching a new Sexual Harassment campaign in the form of a Select Committee style Inquiry.
Nicola has established a panel, formed of herself, Sarah Green, Co-director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, Lisa Ward, director of the Oxfordshire Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre and Charlotte Semler, a local mother and businesswoman, as well as young people themselves.
The panel will work alongside key charities and community groups to launch a ‘call for evidence’ and hear direct from young people, schools and the City’s universities as well as frontline services in order to understand more about responses to harassment and gender-based violence as well as attitudes to women and relationships more broadly.
The panel are currently drawing up the terms of the inquiry, next up will be a call for evidence and written evidence supplied by key institutions and frontline agencies, before formal hearings and eventually a full report to be presented to Ministers.
If you would like to help out with Nicola’s inquiry in any way, if you have an experience you would like to share, or to help raise awareness please contact firstname.lastname@example.org