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Josephine Wood MBE Winner of the Making A Difference Award

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A CHAMPION for the victims of rape Josephine is nominated for her work with Rape and Sexual Abuse centre in Wirral. She started working there in 2004/5 and since then has developed new services across Merseyside, most recently the Hoylake Holistics hosting retail and holistic therapy outlets to help remove any stigma from entering the premises.

She continually quests to make life better for others and her inner strength and courage shone through as she helped parents of a young woman murdered by her rapist while he was on bail. She co-ordinate a nationwide petition, a visit to the Director of Public Prosecutions and support from the former Victim’s Commissioner, together with widespread publicity dissemination and support collection has lead to the passing in March 2012 of Jane’s Law – an amendment to the Bail Act, that allows the Police and Crown Prosecution Service to challenge bail decisions made by Crown Court Judges where they feel that the decision is not in the best interest of the victim.

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