The CBI must now assist survivors in getting justice
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) came into the spotlight recently after the allegations of rapes, sexual assaults and stalking at the group were widely reported in the media. Since the first report in which a former female employee said that she was stalked by a male colleague in 2018, more victims came forward. The real number of women who were raped, sexually assaulted and stalked is not currently known.
New CBI boss, Rain Newton-Smith who became the group’s Director General on 26 April 2023, said that she was “profoundly sorry” for what happened to the female victims who have been let down by the group.
While it is certainly a positive step that the CBI now acknowledges that it let down its employees, it is also important that they now assist the victims in getting justice.
As a matter of priority, the CBI should make sure that all evidence of any allegations of sexual misconduct is preserved and disclosed. They should take proactive measures in offering mental health and other necessary support to anyone who has been sexually assaulted. Last but not least, they should fully compensate the victims for the sexual assaults that they suffered.
If you were a victim of rape, sexual assault or stalking at the CBI please contact Bolt Burdon Kemp for a free of charge confidential legal consultation.