THE woman subjected to the advances of Mike Hancock has received an award for her determination seeking to bring him to justice.
The vulnerable female constituent has been honoured for her bravery in raising awareness of the city MP’s actions.
As reported, Mr Hancock apologised this summer for forming an ‘inappropriate friendship’ with the woman, despite previously denying he had done anything wrong.
The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was the individual prize winner at the latest Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize event and received a trophy, certificate and a cheque for £1,000.
The awards recognise women who raise awareness of female mistreatment.
She told The News the money will go towards her campaign to help women with mental health issues.
‘I’m honoured to have this award,’ she said.
‘It means a lot that I have been recognised for the challenges I had to overcome with a high-profile case involving the Liberal Democrat party, the police, Portsmouth City Council and obtaining the public apology.
‘I hope I’ve inspired people to never give up and see there is hope at the end of the tunnel.
‘I will continue to help and assist with others and hopefully will become an ambassador one day.’
Allegations first surfaced that the Portsmouth South MP and former Fratton councillor acted out of turn to the woman after she came to him for help in 2009.
After a four-year fight for justice, during which time police decided no criminal action would be taken, the woman finally got a public apology from Mr Hancock for his behaviour through a statement approved by the High Court this summer.
As part of the original allegations it was said Mr Hancock, a former Lib Dem, sexually assaulted the woman. But that was dropped as part of the apology.
The woman received an undisclosed fee from Mr Hancock in damages.
Councillor John Ferrett, Labour group leader, paid tribute to the victim.
‘I am full of admiration for her attitude in seeing this through,’ he said.