Sarah Champion MP

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I know we are tired, angry and frustrated – but we owe it to our forebears, and those that follow in our footsteps, to keep going.

Biography

Sarah Champion MP is the Labour MP for Rotherham. She is the former Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities and former Shadow Minister for Preventing Abuse & Domestic Violence. She was elected in 2012, becoming the town’s first female MP. In 2014, Sarah led a high-profile inquiry into the effectiveness of current child sexual exploitation legislation, which culminated with a change in the law - something that is almost unheard of by a backbench MP. Sarah has been a prominent campaigner on the impact of social media and online pornography in the escalation of abuse of children, disabled and the LGBT community and how the internet leads to violence in relationships. Her current campaign; dare2care.org.uk brings together children’s charities, academics, parents and survivors with the common aim of preventing child abuse.

A woman who has inspired me

“Shall we do a bag-pack at a supermarket to try to raise funds for other victims?” - Rotherham survivor of child sexual exploitation 2014 in response to the near total lack of support for the victims and survivors of this horrendous abuse. I am yet to meet a survivor who is not selflessly driven to try and prevent the crime happening to others.

My words to share with others

It is always easier to sit back and let others take the lead, but sometimes there is no one else but you. You might get it wrong, but at least you will know that you tried.

My proudest achievement

Changing the law to better protect children from grooming.

My thoughts on feminism and women’s suffrage

Feminism for me is about equality. You cannot have true equality until women have a seat at all the tables and our voices are heard as loudly as men. Sadly I believe we are still a long way from this point. We need to continue to challenge, question and evidence the damage to society as a whole this injustice brings. I know we are tired, angry and frustrated – but we owe it to our forebears, and those that follow in our footsteps, to keep going.