Please support the SPAD Bill which will prevent anyone who has a serious previous conviction of over 5 years being appointed/gifted the position of Special Adviser which leaves their victim in the surreal position of contributing to their wage from the tax payers purse and brings this position into line with other senior civil servants. This legislation will protect all victims from being re traumatised, whether victims of republican/loyalist/state violence or rape or any other crime. It also ensures that those who show genuine contrition and remorse are given a second chance. Please, please support this as it has huge symbolic implications for many many victims of violence. It shows that their voices are heard, consideration, sensitivity and respect will be shown and if we follow the correct processes justice will be done.