#StandUpToWoke 2022 Year in Review December 26, 2022
I write to all of you first and foremost to say thank you. This time last year I was tentatively preparing to bring a lawsuit against the Tavistock NHS Foundation Trust, my training organisation as a psychotherapist. Taking legal action was my last line of defence to protect my career after enduring two years of bullying, harassment, discrimination, and victimisation. Despite not having the necessary fees to cover the costs of a court case, I realised that this was too important a fight to back down from. Crowdfunding was my only option, but I had no guarantee that it would be successful. Thanks to the generosity of each and every one of you, I am now able to continue with the legal process.
The very first donations came in January 2022, following a news story about my case. Those initial donations were vital and also gave me confidence that I could raise further funds. At the end of March 2022, my legal team served the Particulars of Claim to the Tavistock. A four month pause to legal proceedings was agreed. During this time I was subject to further bullying, harassment, and victimisation. Attempts were made to destroy my career as both a nurse and a psychotherapist. In response, we amended the Particulars of Claim to include this further damage. This amended Claim was accepted by Central London County Court in December 2022.
During this time I have received so much support. In October 2022, The Bad Law Project helped me to get my story covered by The Telegraph. This was the start of an ongoing media campaign and opened up opportunities to do interviews and podcasts. Many of you donated following my interview with Peter Whittle on New Culture Forum which had over 300,000 views! I also had the pleasure of being joined by Carole Sherwood on GB News. Carole is a psychologist and the author of a new report titled, The Politicisation of Psychology Training Courses in the UK. This report can be found here:
My case was spoken about by Baroness Claire Fox in the House of Lords. Claire kindly met with me and has been extremely supportive of the case. My MP, Gareth Bacon, has also been very supportive, and is helping me to raise awareness of the campaign. I am now aiming to get the case spoken about in Parliament during Equalities Questions with the Equalities Minister, Kemi Badenoch.
Alongside amazingly generous donations, many of you have kindly taken the time to write to me and share your own experiences, thoughts, offer advice, and support. It has been great interacting with all of you, and I will be in touch further in the new year. We have set up a new email address:
Please send us a message there to keep in touch, and include your details so we can add you to our mailing list.
Anticipate further announcements in the new year to update you on our progress, and more opportunities for us to #StandUpToWoke together. Please share this message and the links below widely to anyone you think will be interested in joining our movement.