Sunday, 12 May 2019

New offices at St. Kilda are helping to expand access to SECASA services

SECASA has re-opened a St Kilda office in Grey Street, within the Salvation Army’s Crisis Services Network building. The space is light and airy, with three counselling rooms and a shared office for four SECASA staff.

Whilst the offices are now successfully functioning, challenges did arise during the set-up ­– something to be expected with any new endeavour. Issues with I.T. proved to be a problem and staff have found that parking around the area is limited at times.

However, all technological issues have now been resolved and clients report that public transport is extremely convenient because of the central location.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

"11 and Married: Malaysia Spars Over an Age-Old Practice" The New York Times

It is extraordinary in this day and age that anyone can think of a justification for marrying an 11 year old girl.  If it is a cultural practice from many centuries ago we live now in the 21st century and it is not acceptable even in poor, under-developed areas of countries where this practice once flourished.  It is just another way older and old men find to excuse having sex with children.  You do not find many, if any, headlines about 11 year old boys being married to old women. It is child abuse however it is explained.
Times article

National Public Register of Child Sex Offenders

It is easy to understand why many people would be in favour of the proposal by Home Affair's Minister Peter Dutton to spend $7.8 million on creating a national public register of child sex offenders.  The proposal is that this register would allow all Australians to see names, aliases, photographs, date of birth and the general location and nature of crimes. This is a dangerous idea. 

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Additional Sexual Assault Funding

The Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Gabrielle Williams, announced an additional five-million dollars over the next two years to increase services for victim/survivors of sexual assault.  Nineteen services across the state including 14 CASAs will receive additional funding. 

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Malka Liefer

It is understandable that people have been upset about George Pell and the amount of publicity around his trial and subsequent conviction and sentencing.  But there is another just as outrageous situation where Malka Liefer has now had over 40 court hearings in Israel. These court cases are to fight against her extradition to Australia to face 74 charges of sexual assault of young women in her care when she worked as the Religious Head at the Adass School in Melbourne.