Launching the Inaugural Louise Nicholas Day
25th March 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Launching the Inaugural Louise Nicholas Day to Review Responses to Sexual Violence
On 30th March 2014, Rape Prevention Education – Whakatu Mauri, supported by Auckland Council, will launch the inaugural Louise Nicholas Day.
This day aims to review improvements to services and criminal justice responses to those affected by sexual violence, since 31st March 2006 - the date of the acquittals of two former NZ Police officers and the then Assistant Police Commissioner accused of the rapes of Louise Nicholas in the 1980s.
This inaugural Louise Nicholas Day event will include speeches from specialists within the sexual violence intervention sector, as well as members of parliament speaking about their plans for improving service delivery and the state of criminal justice responses to those affected by sexual violence.
We envision the Louise Nicholas Day becoming a key annual event in Aotearoa New Zealand, acknowledging the huge numbers of people and families affected by sexual violence, reflecting on progress in the sector and identifying areas for growth in the year ahead.
Speakers for the event are: Dr Kim McGregor (Rape Prevention Education), Louise Nicholas (National Sexual Violence Survivor Advocate), Kathryn McPhillips (HELP Auckland), Russell Smith (Korowai Tumanako), Tusha Penny (Police), Jan Logie (Green Party), Carol Beaumont (Labour Party), Alfred Ngaro (National Party).