Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Margarita Video

This video is on a difficult topic which is the sexual assault of a 96 year old woman by one of the staff in the supported living residence Margarita had moved into.  But as well as being distressing it is also a wonderful story about resilience and the strength of an older women Margarita.

The link is below.

https://www.opalinstitute.org/margarita.html

Thursday, 15 November 2018

National Redress Scheme

The Victorian State Government has announced $12.3 million over four years to deliver the Restore:Victorian Redress Counselling Service program which commenced on Monday 12th November 2018.

This funding was allocated to support the establishment and delivery of the state-wide Restore program led by SECASA as part of a five organisation consortium including all CASAs, Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, Open Place, Care Leavers Australasian Network and Drummond Street. Victim/survivors are able to choose the service they want to access.

This scheme is the response to the Royal Commission recommendations relating to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.  The Government is to be congratulated on this initiative and the speed with which it commenced.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Glenn Dylan Hartland

Glenn Hartland is back in gaol for breaching his bail conditions which must be a relief to his victims.  Mr Hartland clearly has some difficulties with controlling his impulses and will hopefully get the help he needs in gaol.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Bail

It is hard to work out why the woman who has been charged over needles in strawberries is denied bail and Glenn Hartland who pleaded guilty to raping three women and indecently assaulting another woman is allowed bail.  He went on to send texts and call one of the women multiple times after the rape.  There have been changes to bail for serious and violent offences in the past couple of years but in this case it does not make sense that Hartland can move free in the community given his crimes and the following harassment.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Malka Leifer

It never seems to come to an end. It has been 10 years since Malka Leifer left Australia.  Yet again her lawyers are fighting to have Ms Leifer free to live in her community applying for bail.  This is with no concern for any young women she may come into contact with.