“Catherine” – Individual Award Nominee – 2010

“Catherine”, who suffers from a mental illness, namely Bi-Polar disorder, was the victim of a rape whist suffering a psychotic episode. The police failed to investigate her allegations, which she felt was due to them dismissing her as someone with mental health problems who would not make a good witness. Catherine complained about the police and commenced a ground breaking civil action alleging her human rights were violated due to the police failings. When the police settled the case, she chose to publicise it, in order to raise awareness around the issue of rape, mental illness and the criminal justice system.