Caroline is CEO of Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services – Devon’s main provider of support services to anyone aged 13 and over who has experienced sexual violence or abuse. They offer up to 24 weeks of individual specialist support sessions and a large team of volunteers run an anonymous telephone and email support line.
DRCSAS campaigns against Violence against Women and Girls and, together with colleagues across the country, Caroline is pushing for longer-term, stable funding for support services as well as money for prevention work throughout the education system.
“Our young people are growing up in a world where male violence against girls and women is almost commonplace. It’s hard to find a young woman in the UK who has not been the target of some form of harassment or abuse. We have to admit this, and face up to it – and the solutions are going to be long-term and costly. Easy access to hardcore porn on mobile phones is a danger we can no longer shy away from.”
Caroline led the Lib Dem list in SW England & Gibraltar for the European elections in May 2019. She then went on to lead the Lib Dem group in Brussels from November until the end of their mandate.
She is an engaging leader, a confident public speaker and has appeared on numerous national radio and TV programmes where she believes we need to hear more liberal voices. Together with her colleague Judith Bunting, Caroline hosted the weekly podcast ‘Our MEP Life’. It was the first podcast hosted by MEPs which gave an insight into what the job involves, what MEPs actually do from day to day, and the rollercoaster ride that was the last term for all UK MEPs.
Reuters Journalist & Business Woman
Previous to her election Caroline worked as a Reuters journalist, a freelance editor and ran her own business in South Devon, where she lives. Her experience of running a small business on a traditional high street, competing against the relentless growth in online shopping, gave Caroline a gritty understanding of the pressures faced by the self-employed and those running small businesses.
Her work as a journalist led her to live in six European countries and she speaks several languages. Caroline worked in both English and French in the European Parliament.