Speaker, author, child sex abuse activist and Founder of The Works Co, Emma-Jane Taylor has recently given her biggest speech, at The NSPCC’s Celebrity Chef Fundraiser at The Guildhall, London last Thursday.
Emma-Jane, who was abused as a child, was invited to speak as a voice and Child Sex Abuse Activist at this prestigious event. Emma said, “I am someone who focuses on having uncomfortable conversations, proud to have taken to the stage for every survivor struggling in silence, and for those who may never find their way or strength to enjoy a life or any kind of success.”
The black tie event started with drinks in The Crypt, sponsored by Remy Martin, and then to the main room where Lesley Garrett, CBE sung The Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha and I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables, before she sung she invited the audience to think of the child struggling in their young life. Following this a 5 Course meal was served by the phenomenal chefs of 2021; Dan McGeorge, Roberta Hall McCarron, Stuart Collins, Hywel Griffiths, Liam Goldstone.
There were live auctions, raffles, important words from the NSPCC CEO Sir Peter Wanless and then Emma-Jane was invited to the stage to give her speech. There were over 500 people in the room, and you could have heard a pin drop. One of the organisers said to Emma-Jane afterwards, “You were absolutely flawless. You put everyone in the room at ease with your confidence and poise and your story was so beautifully paced and powerful – such an impactful and memorable ten minutes! Thank you for sharing your personal story with our supporters and helping us to spread the word about the Speak out. Stay safe programme which has and will continue to help so many children. Donations in the room solely from your story moment totalled over £22,000 which was a brilliant result!” The event overall raised £266,000 net for children.
Emma-Jane published her first book, Don’t Hold Back in 2018. Since then she has continued to go from strength to strength as the ‘voice’ around the world on the subject of Child Sex Abuse. Her next book is due to be released in 2022 and focuses on all voices on the subject of Child Sex Abuse from survivors, to charities, to support groups, prison officers and sex-offenders. Emma-Jane’s hope is to continually raise this uncomfortable conversation to keep young people safe today and the
generations to come.
In 2022 Emma-Jane begins working with Berkshire schools on their ‘in-house’ safeguarding and also continues to take part in 12 challenges to raise awareness for a new project being launched to reduce child sex abuse through education, workshops, awareness. The project is supporting a charity being set up and so far she has raised £2,000 for the work being achieved in this space.
This year, Emma-Jane agreed to present The Silenced, a radio chat show with YOWAH Radio that focuses solely on Child Sex Abuse. The show has gathered so much support and is continuing to be a safe place to share important messages that many would prefer not to hear, act on or acknowledge.