She’s mostly known for her tumultuous personal life and her career as a model. But recently, Katie Price has vowed to use her influence for a good cause.
The former glamour model yesterday debated for a change to social media laws in the House of Commons, following horrific abuse aimed at her son Harvey for much of his life.
She shared how offensive videos of Harvey have been mocked up, and many racist comments made towards her 15-year-old son.
The mum-of-five is heading up a campaign to make social media offences a criminal issue, and delivered an impassioned speech to MPs sharing how online abuse has affected her beloved son.
She told them, “The most horrific things…. have been said about my son.
“They know he hasn’t got a voice back and they mock him more… I just think they find him an easy target – just to pick on.”
“But I’m his voice. I’m here and I am going to protect him.”
Katie also shared how she had previously reported two particularly nasty Twitter users to the police, who were eventually unable to charge them with anything given that there are no laws in place to police online comments.
Katie continued to state how a change in the law could help all online users – and not just those who are like Harvey.
“I know I’m here because it started off because Harvey and his disabilities. But this isn’t just for people with disabilities as well, it will help everybody.”
She continued, “How many times does someone have to keep on abusing you, before action is taken?
“You could get someone who’s not as strong as myself. Harvey’s had stuff saying, ‘why don’t you just die?’. Imagine if there’s some young girl who’s really vulnerable, and someone says, ‘why don’t you just die?’.
“And then they go and commit suicide. That’s what I mean, it could just take that one abusive message.”
Katie confessed that while she knows the public view of her is mixed, everyone can agree that the law would be a welcome change.
She said, “Like me or hate me, I’m here to protect others.”
“I know you lot sitting there agree with me, really. We know we all agree but we just have to get the government to do it.”