Monday, 25 June 2012

Taxi Scare Campaign

The taxi booking company 1300CABS has abandoned its campaign warning women about unmarked hire cars.  This campaign was in response to Professor Allan Fells report on his inquiry into the taxi industry which recommended opening up the taxi market to more prebooked hire cars. The campaign depicts a young woman screaming "Stop please, no, please" with her face against the window of a taxi.  The suggestion that goes with this lurid poster is that more pre-booked taxis will swamp the streets with "sexual predators".On Jon Faine's Friday morning program on 774 a spokesperson for this campaign stated categorically that London had more sexual assaults that Melbourne has with the present system.  This was nonsensical.  We do not know how many sexual assaults occur in the Melbourne system. London has a highly regulated taxi industry with high levels of knowledge around locations and streets. 

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Australian Defence Force Sexual Abuse

Recently there has been considerable publicity around claims of sexual and physical abuse in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) going back over 60 years. These claims have been ignored or discouraged. Times have changed in relation to sexual abuse over the past three decades. What could be brushed under the carpet 60 years ago is going to become public knowledge in this age when social media is available to most people. A report has been prepared following the investigation of approximately 800 complaints by the law firm DLA Piper. The investigation followed the 'Skype' scandal when two male cadets at the ADF filmed an 18 year old female cadet having sex. 

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Lingerie Football League

There is something disturbing about the Lingerie Football League.  Athletes and elite sports women and men often look beautiful.  They have muscles and lean bodies. So why would athletic young women need to parade around whilst playing a sport in their undies.  It demeans their athleticism and puts it on a par with pole dancing which can also be an activity that requires physical ability.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Parliamentary Inquiry Into Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Churches and Other Non Government Organisations

With a deadline of 30th April 2013the Parliament's six member Family and Community Development Committee will struggle to complete the inquiry into the handling of sexual abuse allegation by churches and non government organisations.With a generally accepted statistic of 1 in 3 females and 1 in 6 males sexually abused by the age of 15 the dimensions of this issue are clearly beyond a Committee that has two other concurrent inquiries. Victims deserve a better hearing than this.