This week our Social Impact Briefing covers the petition for Caroline’s Law, local community needs in response to Storm Dennis, and Tracy Barbin’s Girlguiding donation.
| Caroline’s Law – why we have to act
The tragic death of presenter and television personality, Caroline Flack, has once again brought the questionable ethics of social media and the wider press into contention, leading to almost half a million signatures in support of Caroline’s Law.
The petition asks The House of Commons and Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Media, to consider a law that would make it a criminal offence for the British Media to knowingly and relentlessly bully a person, whether they be in the public eye or not, up to the point that they take their own life.
Flack was charged with assaulting her partner in December and was due to stand trial next month. Her death shines an important spotlight on the hypocrisy of the media.
If you or someone you know has been affected by this story, please speak to someone or contact Samaritans on 116 123 at anytime. You can also contact Anxiety UK on 03444 775 774, Mind on 0300 123 3393, and Calm (Campaign against living miserably, for men aged 15 to 35) on 0800 58 58 58.
| Storm Dennis: Local needs vs central government
| Turning negativity into a little piece of impact