The house of victim’s rights advocate Louise Nicholas was burgled yesterday.
According to reports, thieves rummaged through Nicholas’s underwear drawer and stole a watch on Monday, August 3rd.
Nicholas has spoken to the media, saying that she felt “bloody violated” by the incident. The thieves, who reportedly did not trash the place, stole a watch, laptops, an ipad, and a phone.
“I’m a survivor of sexual violence and that was a trigger [to feeling violated]. I’ve not been violated but I feel I have. I’ve had people in my home rummaging through my drawers. It’s a huge violation on anyone,” she told reporters.
“It has to be kids, I had stuff like jewellery in my drawer but the only thing they took was my gold watch that the kids gave me,” she added.
Nicholas lives in the house with her father, who went out at the time of the burglary.
“It’s been an eye opener. Many years ago we had a Rottweiler, I think it’s time we reinvested in another one. Dogs are a deterrent.”
Nicholas is an advocate for sexual violence victims. In 2004, her history was told by the Dominion Post. She said that when she was a teenager, she was raped and sexually assaulted by three policemen–Nicholas accused Brad Shipton, Bob Schollum and Clint Rickards.
All three men were put into trial but were found not guilty of rape. Stuff reported, however, that Shipton and Schollum were convicted of another historic rape.
In June, she was made an officer of the New Zeland Order of Merit for services to protection of sexual violence.