Julia Wassell – Individual Award Nominee – 2003

Julia was nominated for her courageous action in exposing the sexual abuse of women by male patients at Broadmoor, and the failure of the system to protect this highly vulnerable group of women. As Director of Women’s Services at Broadmoor, Julia worked tirelessly to improve the quality and safety of women detained there, and, following suspension from her job, had to take her battle to court to vindicate her actions. As a direct consequence of her fight to change attitudes and behaviour towards women in secure hospitals, action has been taken to change practices where women were previously at constant risk. This was achieved at great personal cost, and Julia is commended for her refusal to be silenced on this issue.