Advocacy requires courage – a resilient steel-frame foundation beneath the exterior façade.
Advocates hold the line with respect to the fundamental principles of the criminal justice system even when it is unpopular to do so. Advocacy is not a popularity contest nor an exercise in self-promotion.
Advocates are not deterred by aggressive behaviour. Advocates adopt psychological armour and are not distracted or intimidated by techniques designed to undermine their confidence.
Advocates learn to accept fear and to push through it, rather than deny its existence. As stated by Neil Gaiman:
…being brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared; it means you do it anyway.
Neil Gaiman Teaches the Art of Storytelling, Masterclass.com, 2019, Lecture 2, Truth in Fiction