Child abuse campaigner ‘Jessica’ shortlised for national award

By Gareth Dennison | 04/08/2016 0 comments

Child abuse campaigner ‘Jessica’ shortlised for national award

CSE CAMPAIGNER “Jessica” has been shortlisted for the positive role model award at the National Diversity Awards 2016.

More than 20,000 nominations and votes were received this year and the finalists will attend a ceremony at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral in September.

Jessica spoke publicly about her childhood abuse in 2013, has campaigned since for victims and survivors and was invited to a 2015 Downing Street summit.

She said: “I’ve helped change local licensing policies, which will now be reviewed nationally. I have helped Barnardo’s receive £3.1 million towards a prevention project as well as raise hundreds of thousands for another charity.

“I’ve also worked alongside professionals and agencies to shape better services and continue to do so.

“I feel extremely honoured to be nominated for this award and feel it is a positive step forward for survivors and Rotherham.”

Organised to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDAs are supported by the likes of Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry and Aussie comedian Adam Hills

Founder Paul Sesay said: “The quality of nominations exceeds my expectations every year. Those shortlisted should be extremely proud.”


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