David Lean is a proud ambassador for Voicing CSA and works tirelessly to bring awareness on the subject of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. As a victim himself, Voicing CSA (on twitter as @ ) helped David to find his own voice.
I got to know David through Twitter and his work spreading knowledge and trying to get the subjects of CSA and CSE trending in order to raise a more far reaching awareness of these often taboo subjects. He is a truly inspirational man.
Please help us spread the word and let's turn Twitter Purple on September 15th!
1 - What is #PurpleFriday?
#purplefriday is a very simple campaign I have created to raise huge awareness of both CSA & CSE by bringing everyone together on the same day. This is not about Charities or Survivor Groups. It is not even about Survivors, its about everyone young or old, men and women coming together and raising the unspoken subject in all walks of life for just one day. On Friday September 15th I want as many people as possible Worldwide to join us and wear purple items all day as they go about there life. As much or as little as they feel comfortable with. Hopefully this may get people in all walks of life asking about there purple items they are wearing and why! I would like everyone to post on all social media sites, photos of them wearing the purple items or just anything purple and turn social media purple for the day !!
Using #purplefriday we will also attempt to trend between 8pm-10pm that evening. Its free, easy to join in and will raise massive awareness if we all join in ! These issues are happening massively on a Worldwide scale !! With one voice we can raise awareness together !
2 - What are your thoughts as to current UK attitudes towards child abuse in the media?
The UK media has improved over the last year and shows much more attention to Both CSA (Childhood Sexual Abuse) and CSE (Childhood Sexual Exploitation) for which Survivors are grateful but it is still nowhere near enough ! Much more can be done and it needs to hit all markets not just the news! Programmes aimed at younger children also need to be looked at.
I have also heard stories of people who have been treated well, believed from day one and treated with respect and compassion this needs to be the case every time.
Sentencing laws need to change and be used. Its no good allowing Sentencing laws to be increased if judges don't use the maximums allowed to them ! The effects of CSA & CSE are massive and yet in many cases sentences such as 1 or 2 years are handed down!
In many cases No conviction is even handed down? We need to encourage ALL survivors forward and you already have to go through reliving the events ! Interview after interview , then await CPS decision then wait another year for Court dates if you even get as far as cour ! For in many cases No conviction or a very small sentence given for Abuse towards a child ! How can this be right?
We also need to stop allowing these monsters the right to change there verdict on the day for a reduced sentence!