The federal government currently spends $35 billion on national security and $160 million on domestic violence each year. If you average that spending out over the past 20 years’ worth of victims, simple arithmetic puts it at $53 billion per person affected by terrorism and $55 per woman affected by male violence. Read the full article on the Sydney Morning Herald 

FixedIt: raping a child is not “sex”

Channel 7 again, both on their Facebook post and in the article, describe rape of a 13 year old child as “sex”. Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline. The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuriessuffered by people who were sexually abused...

FixedIt: no euphemisms for alleged sexual violence

According to this article in the Cairns Post, this man was charged with attempted rape. Sexual violence is real, traumatic and far too common. Hiding it behind euphemisms is not journalism, it’s minimising men’s violence against women. And women are not defined by their relationship to the people they care for. She’s a person, not...

© Jane Gilmore 2014