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How do you defend yourself in virtual reality? Imaginechina via AP Images

Sexual assault enters virtual reality

Underlying online harassment is the false idea that events that happen on internet aren't real. But whenever people are interacting, it's all real.
Peter Dutton dismissed many of the ‘Nauru files’, including those documenting sexual assault, as ‘false allegations in an attempt to get to Australia’. AAP/Dan Peled

The Nauru files: why don’t we believe victims of sexual abuse?

Peter Dutton’s comments reinforced historically ingrained ideas about sexual assault victims as being 'unreliable' or 'untrustworthy'.
Former Stanford student Brock Turner, who was sentenced to six months in jail for the sexual assault of an unconscious and intoxicated woman. Reuters

Stanford sexual assault: how social media gave a voice to the victim

The Stanford rape case ignited a social media fury and started discussions around rape that are long overdue.
Placards voicing the concerns of rape victims outside the High Court in Johannesburg. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

Rape in South Africa: why the system is failing women

Rape complainants who are perceived to have precipitated their own victimisation, whether through their conduct or their relationship to the perpetrator, are at a particular disadvantage.
In order to cope with the rigours of policing, police are expected to be strong, resilient and unemotional in dangerous situations. AAP/Joe Castro

Report reveals entrenched nature of sexual harassment in Victoria Police

Sexual harassment is a persistent and damaging problem in many Australian workplaces. But why does it appear to be an entrenched feature of some organisational settings more than others?

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