Insert ‘some’ if it makes you feel a little better

We can’t be silent any longer, women are being violently and sexually assaulted in Australia every single day! We can’t know the full extent of the phenomenon because most incidents go unreported. Here is just a snapshot.

Australian women are being raped, violently assaulted and tortured at the hands of Australian men. And sure, insert the ‘some’ if it makes you feel a little better. The ongoing violence in our communities comes predominantly from men and it is they who need to change. No more victim blaming.

police rape campaignWomen are not responsible for being attacked by men.

Earlier this week the Sussex Police in the UK came under fire, and rightly so, for this ‘rape prevention’ poster that puts the onus on women to look out for each other in order to stay safe from men. “Which one of your mates is most vulnerable on a night out? The one you leave behind.”

Well meaning advice perhaps, but as we have seen time and time again, violent men will attack women in their homes, in parks, at their place of work. Women are not guaranteed to be safe anywhere so long as this violence continues. In order to realise change we must start paying attention and calling men out on their sexist, derogatory remarks and violent behaviour every time we witness it.

anti-rape campaign

You can sign the petition to have the Sussex police campaign withdrawn HERE

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The Best Rape Prevention: Tell Men to Stop Raping

– Porn, Politics and Power; Is it possible for men to respect women whilst engaging with ‘hard core’ porn?

– In Response to Owen Jones – Rosie Redstockings on porn

– We should all just stop complaining and start mindlessly accepting

Geelong College principle Andrew Barr resigns over porn scandal

The victims of anti-rape campaigns: Men on sexodus

“If we consider that rape in marriage was legal up until recent decades in most OECD countries, or that rape is a necessary product of the global sex trade, or that rape is a systemic tool in war, or that rape convictions are near enough to nil in most countries, then it should be clear that ending rape would require a massive shift in global relations.

Ending rape, then, requires a radical revisioning of the systems that govern society and an acknowledgement of women as co-creators. The idea that women may no longer be passive recipients of male-centric political, legal and economic systems is likely to unsettle those men who pin their egocentric notions of self-worth on traditional power relations over women.” Laura McNally

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Murder, Mystery & Misogyny in Oz

18 women have been murdered by known or suspected male violence in the first 60 days of 2015 in Australia. 9 of these 18 women are believed to have been murdered by their former or current male partners. 4 of these 9 women had either Domestic Violence Orders in place, or a history of domestic violence that was known to police, one woman was seeking tighter restrictions.

we are used to violence against women“The biggest threat to Australians is obviously poor health, but for women under 45, the biggest cause of injury or death is violence from a current or former male partner. We see the Federal Government creating splashy campaigns, but overall defunding the area drastically and taking control of it away from the women with built-up expertise, towards religious groups with dubious records. So we don’t need rhetoric about over-hyped terrorist threats, but a government that acts in women’s interests.” – Virginia Brown, Reclaim The Night Perth

What is happening instead, is a repeated narrative in media reporting that undermines the male violence happening to women in Australia, even when this male violence kills them.

* In the recent murder of a 28 year old woman in the ACT, The Canberra Times, with little information known at the time, failed to interview community experts on domestic violence. This would have helped put this murder into context for their readers. Instead they interviewed a resident of the neighbourhood, who told readers this violence was “out of character for the area”, adding “The worst thing in this area is people using the street as a racetrack”.

“Male violence against women is not out of character. It happens right across Australia, week in, week out; year in, year out.” Liz Waterhouse, Reclaim The Night Perth Continue reading