Saturday, 29 December 2012

Violence Against Women

The death of Jill Meagher shocked Melbourne.  Today a young Indian woman died in a Singapore hospital as a result of injuries following her rape by six young men.  In Alice Springs a woman died of injuries following being beaten over the weekend.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Sexting Inquiry

When iphones and ipads were developed no one thought that young people would use them to send sexy photos of themselves. There is no specific law that deal with sexting so a number of young people have been caught up in charges of child pornography and have then been placed on the Sex Offender Register.   This legislation and the Register were created to deal with paedophiles and people who create child abuse material for profit not teenagers sending a photo of themselves to their boyfriend or girlfriend. The child pornography provisions of the Crimes Act 1858 need to be amended to allow for consensual sexting. 

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Royal Commission Into Child Sexual Abuse Website

The Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse has a website that makes the issue look like a mental health issue.  There are a number of national telephone numbers but there are no sexual assault services listed.  Hopefully this is an oversight that will be addressed.  If it is not an oversight it demonstrates a woeful lack of understanding about the complexity of childhood sexual assault.  Victims need to be able to access specialist sexual assault services.  They are not all in need of psychiatric intervention.  They are not all depressed.  Many of them are angry and distress.