Former Love Island star Sharon Gaffka has partnered with Thames Valley Police to raise awareness of the work the force is doing to tackle violence against women and girls.
The 26-year-old rose to fame on the seventh series of the hit ITV2 dating show last year and has since used his public platform to campaign for women’s safety.
Gaffka has partnered with Thames Valley Police to create behind-the-scenes content at the force to provide the public with insight into how they are responding to sexual assault and rape crimes and to enhance awareness of how to report such crimes to the police
This partnership is aimed at young people who may be less inclined to interact with the police
Speaking about the project on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Gaffka said: “90% of my followers are mostly young women and I am also part of a group of women who have had a very tumultuous relationship with the police and couples. when it’s hard. trust the police, especially with the stories we’ve seen in recent times.
“So for me, it’s been a learning curve to understand a little more directly what the police can do and how to potentially rebuild trust between police officers and young women.
“And I’ve also noticed that with other campaigns and other work that I’m doing, a lot of young women are doing a lot for me that they can’t do with anyone else.
“So for me, it’s trying to bridge that gap as well as learning for itself.”
Chief executive Katy Barrow-Grint, who appeared alongside Gaffka on the show, said: “We wanted to work with Sharon because we thought it was our only chance at Thames Valley to reach an audience. young fake.
“Sharon works really well with young people and you will probably know that security is sometimes difficult to talk to women and girls and we wanted to work with Sharon to encourage women Women and girls who are victims of sexual violence report their concerns. “
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Earlier this year, Gaffka endorsed the Stamp Out Spiking campaign and spoke publicly about the experience of the spike, which led to her being found unconscious in the toilet in 2020.
The reality star encouraged better education about spikes and at the time told Good Morning Britain: “I’m a victim of being portrayed as being too drunk rather than being beaten up… I’ve always been supportive. better education on the subject of spike because there are many things on the market that can deter people, especially with drinks with lids.
“I fear that they will switch to a different way of skyrocketing so it doesn’t just become an oral spike, and we’re seeing more with injectable spikes.
“I think let’s dive into the education route to show people what the symptoms of a spike look like.”
Good Morning Britain airs every weekday morning on ITV.
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