FixedIt: He didn’t rape the barracks

September 2, 2022by Jane Gilmore

Channel 9 News reported that a man was jailed for 5 years after being convicted of raping a woman. Despite what you read in Channel 9’s headline, he raped a WOMAN, not the barracks.

This is such a tired old trope. If you can’t erase the perpetrator, erase the victim. Laneway Rapist. Tinder Rapist. Wheelie Bin Murder. There’s so many of them. It’s insidious and we should be well past the need to protect violent men from the reality of their crimes. Men’s violence against women is rampant. Research released by ANROWS this week shows the stats too many people were claiming as fact are woefully understating the prevalence of sexual violence.

Just over half the women who were aged between 24 and 30 in 2019 had experienced sexual violence at some point in their life.

Violent men have sexually assaulted more than half our promising young women and we’re still hiding rapists behind buildings.

Just. Stop.

If you’re reading this on social media, links to all the articles are on the post on my website: www.JaneGilmore.com

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the media’s constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it – even $5 a month makes a big difference – please consider becoming a Patron

1800 RESPECT
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
www.kidshelp.com.au

Men’s Referral Service
Support for men who use violence and abuse.
7 days a week
Ph: 1300 766 491
https://ntv.org.au/get-help/

© Jane Gilmore 2014