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Poem by John Roedel

my brain and heart divorced a decade ago over who was to blame about how big of a mess have become eventually, they couldn't be in the same room with each other now my head and heart share custody of me stay with my brain during the week and my heart gets me on...

This is my life, written down on paper

My name is ‘Rosie’. This is my life written down on paper. My childhood was not a very good one. My parents were heroin addicts and as you can imagine they were not very good at being parents. Throughout my whole life I had no boundaries no one to tell me off. I was...

Jen is a brave survivor of the most horrific sexual abuse who still struggles every single day……

I WAS REPEATEDLY RAPED, SEXUALLY ASSAULTED, BEATEN AND TORTURED. At the age of four when I lived with my parents, I suffered from emotional abuse and beatings. At the age six until the age of thirteen I was raped, penetrated, sexually assaulted and beaten by few white...

Natural Thinking by Ria Walton

the frondescence of flourishing leaves  coming to life the essence of new life for spring the re birth of trees the birds singing their melodies sweet songs of morning nature alive with fresh new growth buds blooming their energy forthwith to bring, the floral...

The Three Girls Workshop

Three Girls Workshop With lockdown having restricted the hosting of events ‘in person’ the Foundation recently ran on online meet-up centred around the BAFTA award winning BBC mini-series Three Girls.  The programme (for which Maggie worked as the Programme...

VICTIMS’ COMMISSIONER SAYS CULTURE CHANGE TO SUPPORT AGGRIEVED LONG OVERDUE

By Ryan Hooper, PA Chief Reporter  A new, specific law is required to give more rights to those affected by crime, the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales has said. Dame Vera Baird QC said a change of culture'' was long overdue'' to look after'' victims of...

“I feel lost, and I don’t know if this pain will ever leave me…..”

I  was abused from age 7 to 20. No one in my life knows except doctors/counsellors/helplines or the occasional Samaritan. I carry on every day like I'm absolutely fine. No one would ever know.   It's almost like having two lives which makes me very sad. I was...

My name is Kat, I’m mum to a teenager, a Yorkshire Terrier dog called Toby and a big grey horse called Cheese.  I am a qualified HR practitioner with years of experience in people management and leading support teams.  I’m a Chartered Member of the CIPD and have a Masters degree in HR Management.

In my spare time when I’m not walking with my dog or taking part in equestrian events, I’m an activist in the global fight campaigning to end violence against women and girls.  I hold various roles which include being an ambassador for UK Says No More, I am the Founder and Chairwoman of my own Beyond MeToo network, I’ve worked with employers on how to support their people who have been affected by Domestic Abuse and facilitated events in this space. My passion is helping people understand that domestic abuse and sexual violence is intersectional, it doesn’t discriminate and it does happen to people in the workplace, at all levels and it can affect men and women. I’ve worked with mainstream media platforms to influence and drive change and to abolish victim blaming and rape myths.

I use my own lived experience of sexual violence and what I learned navigating through the justice system to try and help other victims and survivors – and this is how I met Maggie Oliver as we featured on a live GB News piece being interviewed together commenting on the findings of the government’s rape review.  Some of my work has seen me speaking at parliamentary events with MP’s, Police Chiefs, charities and experts in the sexual violence space. I have worked with various Police teams and their wider network including the CPS around improving their response to sexual violence.  I was part of the legal challenge against the CPS supporting EVAW and the Centre for Women’s Justice and featured in their media campaign. I also work with the ConsentCollective who help communites talk about consent, gender, sexual harassment, relationships, sexual assault & domestic abuse.  I feel it is now time to put my energy into helping others heal from injustice, putting my own pain into power and giving back some of the support that I’ve received over the years and I am extremely proud to be part of The Maggie Oliver Foundation.

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