The Invisible War. Understanding the human side of rape within the military.

On March 11th I’ll be speaking at the UK launch of The Invisible War, a ground breaking documentary that exposes the extent and nature of rape and sexual assault in the American military. The figures are shocking. In 2011, 3192 sexual assaults were reported. Taking into account the likely number of unreported assaults it is estimated that 500,000 women have been sexually assaulted in the US military. The launch of this documentary in the UK inevitably raises questions about rape and sexual assault within our own armed forces. Continue reading

Talking about courage and vulnerability at The Dare Conference

Being courageous is something that all of us find difficult. We want to grow, we want to become the person we aspire to be – but stepping away from our comfort zones can be  frightening. We can be afraid of getting it wrong. We can be afraid of rejection. We can be afraid of uncertainty. It’s these fears that can hold us back.  Continue reading

Telling the stories that don’t get told

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. I’d like to tell you a story. In fact – I’d like to tell you lots of stories. One of the many wonderful things about my job is that I get to work with some fascinating people and uncover some powerful human stories. As a researcher my job is often over once I’ve published these stories in a research report. I’d like to change that. I want to tell these stories in a way that everyone can engage with – not just academics and researchers. I want to share these stories with you – because they are great stories and they need to be shared.Continue reading