Louise Nicholas

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Louise Nicholas, ONZM

Over a decade before the #metoo movement and greater awareness of rape culture, Louise Nicholas turned her experience of sexual assault into a campaign for reform. Her case helped prompt Prime Minister Helen Clark to order a Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct in 2004. The Commission's report found multiple cases of sexual assault by serving police officers and recommended widespread reforms in how police handle complaints against them.

In this excerpt from a radio interview, shortly after the report was released in 2007, Louise Nicholas told RNZ's Kathryn Ryan she hoped her public campaign would inspire any victims of sexual abuse to speak out. Nicholas went on to be New Zealander of the Year in 2007.

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Catalogue Reference 156472

Year 2007


Interviewer: Kathryn Ryan, Nine to Noon, RNZ National

Excerpt: 0:02:17

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