Harpreet Sihota, Asian Development Worker for the Whitechapel Sexual Assault Referral Centre, is one of five finalists in the Daily Mirror’s People’s Award, in recognition of her exceptional work with women who have been raped or sexually assaulted:
The People’s Award is part of the Home Office’s 2009 Annual Justice Awards, which recognise excellence within the criminal justice system. Voting opens on Thursday 15 October and closes at midnight on Friday 16 October, with the winner announced at a London ceremony on Tuesday 20 October. Harpreet’s role is unique within the field of sexual violence, working primarily with south Asian women who have been raped or sexually attacked. As well as providing care to those who attend the Haven, in Whitechapel, east London, she also offers training and outreach help to community organisations working with south Asian women.
Haven manager Elizabeth Harrison praised Harpreet, saying she had transformed the lives of many of the women she has helped. Elizabeth explained: “She does fantastic work here. Since her post began, we have seen the number of south Asian women returning for follow-up care double. We’re really proud of what she has achieved here
for the women who are so vulnerable within this community. “She has worked exceptionally hard to ensure that all south Asian women know that we are here, regardless of whether or not they have reported their attackers to the police. This means they can access medical care and psychosocial support here within the Haven.”
To vote for Harpreet, text HARPREET to 84080. Or telephone 0901 229 4091 and press 04. Texts cost 25p plus your standard network rate and phone calls from a BT landline cost 25p. Poll closes midnight tonight.