Special event marks Why me? anniversary
A special event to mark the first seven years of Why me? took place on 23 rd January 2017 at the offices of law firm Clifford Chance LLP.
Advocates of Restorative Justice including Mel Giedroyc, of ‘Let it Shine’ and formerly ‘Great British Bake-Off’presenter, Sir Charles Pollard, Tom Symonds from the BBC along with representatives from London Mayor’s Office, Justice Select Committee and professionals from across the country representing police, probation, prisons and victim agencies joined together for the event.
Host for the evening was Tom Dunn, a Trustee of Why me? and pro bono Director at Clifford Chance. Lucy Jaffé, Director of Why me? expressed her thanks to all those whose expertise and commitment have helped Why me? grow and who have supported victims and campaigned for wider access to Restorative Justice.
Speakers on the night included:
- Mel Giedroyc: Presenter of BBC TV “Let it Shine, “The Great British Bake-Off” and “The Gift”
- Peter Woolf: Former career criminal burglar and Restorative Justice Advocate
- Richard Monkhouse: Chair of Why me? Trustee Board
Why me? victim ambassadors shared their experiences with guests and in moving exchanges spoke of feeling empowered and given a voice through Restorative Justice and of the importance of having the opportunity to ask questions of the offender.
The founder of Why me? Will Riley was himself the victim of an attempted burglary at his home; he confronted the intruder, a fight ensued, and Will handed the man over to the police. The burglar was
Peter Woolf, a known career criminal, who was convicted and sent to prison for the crime. They met again in a Restorative Justice meeting and that event changed both their lives.
Peter Woolf spoke of the powerful response he felt when he met Will and heard first-hand the personal impact of his actions.
Seven years on since the founding of Why me? and still less than five per cent of victims are being offered access to Restorative Justice. There was a strong commitment from all in the room to continue to campaign for greater access and to give victims the chance to ask the offender – why me?
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