P&J journalist rewarded for sexual assault

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A journalist who denounced a sexual assault against her is among those to have been honored after highlighting violence against women.

Aberdeen The Press & Journal’s chief opinion officer Alex Watson has been honored by Zero Tolerance, the Scottish charity that promotes gender equality, with the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards 2021.

Alex, pictured, received her award for a first-person play she wrote after being groped in public by a man earlier this year.

Her P&J colleague Karen Roberts also won an award for her article on how domestic violence charities were struggling to cope with growing demand during the coronavirus crisis.

DC Thomson, the newspaper’s publisher, won two other awards.

Dundee The Courier’s Kirsty Strickland won the award for her commentary on how changes to universal credit and tax credits could endanger women in abusive relationships, while Marion Scott and Craig McDonald, from the Sunday Post. also won an award for their report on how 7,000 domestic violence cases were ‘trapped in the Scottish court deadlock’.

DC Thomson CEO Rebecca Miskin said: “It is vital to give voice to those who are not heard and to hold those in power to account.

“It’s what matters to our writers and puts them right at the heart of their community.

“I am exceptionally proud that our journalists are recognized, not only for the quality of their work, but also for such an important subject. “

Other winners include Alan Caton of The Scotsman for his column calling for more in law to help Scottish sex workers.


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