Article: Domestic violence half-yearly update: The numbers we need to know

You could fill the MCG eight times over with children living in Australia right now who have been or will be sexually abused. If you emptied out Brisbane you could completely refill the city with Australian survivors of sexual violence. 750,000 rapists live in Australia and have never been held accountable for their crimes. You’d […]... Read More
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FixedIt: Why it matters that sexual abuse of children is not called “child sex”

Neville Raymond Budge, 56, was found guilty of 20 charges of an indecent act with a child. He then pled guilty to a further 4 charges. His victims were aged between 10 and 15. 8 victims were involved in the case. Geelong radio station Bay 93.9 reported this as “Pedo scout leader guilty on child […]... Read More

Article: Violence against women: We the media must do better

The MEAA code of ethics says the purpose of journalism is to describe society to itself. When journalists describe sexual and domestic violence as a perpetrator’s “downfall” and blame it on something other than his choice to be violent, we are failing at our purpose. Men’s violence against women is not caused by alcohol or a man’s […]... Read More

Article: Be outraged at the abuse of children, not at one mother’s efforts to protect her daughters

Me, on Kasey Edwards’ article, but before you read it: There was a huge amount of debate over the original article, some of it helpful, much of it not. Very little of it about the actual topic of child abuse and the statistics that say how prevalent it is. The thing no one should ever […]... Read More

Article: The truth about rape convictions: ‘It shatters your belief that the world is a safe place’

A report just released from the Crime Statistics Agency found that in 2009 and 2010, over 3,500 rapes were reported to Victoria Police. Of those, a tiny 3% ended in a court conviction. Even more startling, 41 police reports were made against alleged perpetrators who already had at least six prior sexual offences recorded. Nearly […]... Read More