A Leeds alumna who was jailed for trolling a feminist campaigner has told students to rethink their relationship with alcohol.
Isabella Sorley served 12 weeks in jail in 2013 for sending abusive tweets to Caroline Criado-Perez while she was ‘off her face with drink’.
She has since founded anti-alcoholism charity Rethink Drink to tackle youth binge drinking.
A court last year heard that Isabella told her victim, ‘Die you worthless piece of crap’ and ‘go kill yourself’. She also said, ‘rape is the last of your worries’.
Speaking to Durham University’s student newspaper Palatinate, Isabella said, ‘My drinking started at university. I wasn’t really a drinker (before), yet I wasn’t some sort of nun who didn’t drink at all. Engulfed in the culture of Freshers’ Week, I went out on a daily basis to drink to excess’.
‘We believe that education and awareness is key in preventing binge drinkers developing problematic alcohol issues’.
Sorley also assaulted a police officer during her time at Leeds, although she graduated with a 2:1 from the University in 2012.
She explained, ‘I wish I’d got help earlier. Actually, I wish I’d acknowledged I had an addiction earlier.’
‘Inevitably, I reoffended and ended up back in prison. I wish I’d listened to my friends and family.’
Caroline Criado-Perez was hit by online trolling after she campaigned for women to appear on bank notes, which led to Jane Austen being selected for the £10 note.
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