The government’s violence against women strategy fails to adequately address the reasons for women’s lack of safety.
Many people do not realise victims do not have access to their own lawyers to protect their privacy and individual interests at trial.
Women who experience mental anguish after violence are not ‘irrational’.
People appear to victim-blame celebrities for the abuse they suffer on Twitter.
In the wake of high-profile allegations of sexual assault, it is important people know there are informal avenues for survivors to report their stories.
Same old rape myths, same old victim blaming.
The Rape-aXe ‘female condom’, anti-rape underwear and an anti-groping stamp are all now on the market. But they put the onus on women to protect themselves, rather than on men not to attack them.
Australians are more aware of domestic violence and sexual assault than before. But a worrying proportion blame victims for abuse, think women are lying, and don’t believe consent is always necessary.
Under victim-blaming attitudes, the survivors of sexual violence suffer from double victimisation: being assaulted and being blamed.
In order to change public opinion, campaigns need to move beyond awareness raising and start addressing the perpetrators and causes of domestic violence.
Men like Harvey Weinstein have been able to abuse with relative impunity, despite many in the entertainment industry appearing to know or have suspicion of their behaviour.
As long as the media gives disproportionate prominence to powerful voices, they’ll be able to shape the way unflattering coverage unfolds.
Victims of online fraud say they’re passed from one authority to another when they try to report it, and they’re still made to feel they are to blame for being caught out by a scam.
Without compassion for others and the courage to do something about it, our community is more likely to be mean-spirited and miserable than happy and generous.