Article: We know violence, crime and masculinity are linked. It’s time to look at why, and how to stop it

People of all genders, ages, religions, ethnicities, sizes and abilities can and have been subjected to sexual predation. The defining characteristic that unites them is vulnerability – which is why straight, white, adult men are so rarely victimised. Vulnerability, and the concurrent lack of power, is also the reason that women with disabilities, Aboriginal women, the LGBTI community, young women and immigrant women are at such a disproportionately high risk of violence.

There is also one characteristic common to almost all offenders. Again, it crosses all boundaries of race, age, religion and sexuality. The only consistent factor among perpetrators is gender.

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