Miss J

Miss J

Age: 29
Location: West of Scotland
Pronouns: she/her

Miss J, 30 under 30 nominee in 2023 with her back turned towards the camera.

Content Note: mentions of sexual violence

In 2022, I started the End Sexual Misconduct in Sport (ESMIS) campaign following multiple decisions by professional sports clubs that showcased a culture that perpetuates sexual violence through silent complicity and even at times overlooking serious transgressions in favour of skill.

This campaign comes after my own personal experience of sexual violence perpetrated by a professional athlete and exposure to rape culture in sports. Following these traumatic experiences, I chose to apply for law school and became determined to complete my LLB in order to use what I learned to help in the fight against gender-based violence.

In just one year, the ESMIS campaign has seen the conversation around sexual misconduct in sport increase after publishing an Open Letter calling on all professional sports teams to put in place a sexual misconduct policy. Working closely with White Ribbon Scotland, Scottish Women in Sport and many other incredible organisations, I have met with governing bodies and professional teams who are currently adopting a comprehensive sexual misconduct policy. Publicly, STV conducted a thorough investigation and ran a Scotland Tonight episode focused on the issue, whilst Paul O’Kane MSP hosted a Parliamentary Roundtable attended by many key organisations, cross-party MSPs and the Minister for Social Care, Mental Wellbeing and Sport, Maree Todd.

This conversation is far from over but has gained significant traction and is fostering a positive culture change.