Monday, 25 February 2013

One Step At A Time

Filming has finished on SECASA's new DVD One Step At A Time.  This DVD is a dramatic recreation of a number of sexual assault scenarios.  The DVD will be launched on Wednesday 3rd July 2013 at 3.00 p.m.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

We Will Not Go Quietly

We Will Not Go Quietly is a fabulous zine produced by Kate Ravenscroft and Mathew James.  Launched on Wednesday 20th February 2013 it provides a space for women and men who have been sexually assaulted to tell their stories.  There are inspiring stories and poems about survival in this publication. 

Monday, 18 February 2013

Sexual Assault Report Anonymously S.A.R.A

Sexual Assault Report Anonymously S.A.R.A. is an app developed by Emerg for SECASA which enables you to report a sexual assault without having to reveal who you are.  Many people who have been sexually assaulted do not report to the Police or Crimestoppers. We know some people would like to pass on the details of the assault to warn other people about an unsafe area or place.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Brave Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez

What a terrific example for the Catholic hierarchy. It is heartening to see a Catholic Archbishop take decisive action against another senior Catholic cleric.  For those of us who work in the sexual assault field with victims of clergy abuse it defies logic that the issue of the sexual assault of small children and other vulnerable people has been treated in a dismissive manner.

Perhaps Archbishop Jose Gomez's critics in the United States are right that he only acted because a court order released 124 files of which 82 contained child abuse allegations.  However, he did act decisively relieving the previous Cardinal of administrative and public duties and insisting on the resignation of the Cardinal's former right hand man regional bishop of Santa Barbara. 

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Rabbi Manis Friedman

There is a Youtube clip of Rabbi Manis Friedman talking about sexual assault which has caused widespread condemnation.  The comment which caused the most upset appears to be his remark about a young man who told his girlfriend that he had been abused in his childhood but did not feel damaged.  Rabbi Friedman then asked why the young man would have told the young woman and said that it is like having diarrhoea which is embarrassing but not something you feel you have to tell everyone.The problem is it is not always like a stomach upset that can pass and leave nothing in its wake.  Often, as Rabbi Friedman points, out sexual assault leaves a loss of trust and a vulnerability.  It is not helpful for victims to have uninformed comments made about their situation. Rabbi Friedman demonstrates a limited understanding of the effects and long term consequences of sexual assault.He remarked that telling a victim it is not their fault is not helpful as victims know it is not their fault.  Unfortunately that is not true.  Many victims groomed as children do not know it is not their fault or if they know it intellectually they do not feel it.