Thursday, 31 May 2012

Parliamentary Inquiry Into Sexual Abuse In Religious Organisations

The State Coroner will not be asked to reopen any investigations into deaths linked to sexual abuse by Catholic clergy until the Parliamentary Inquiry has concluded. 

Monday, 7 May 2012

Allegations of Child Sexual Assault in Small Communities

It becomes increasingly obvious that communities are not able to deal with allegations of child sexual assault internally.  There are frequent calls for independent outside organisations to investigate suggestions of wrongdoing in the Police Force and other large organisations with suggestions that people in power will try and cover up things to save face or protect the hierarchy.  There needs to be a far ranging discussion with communities including various cults, orthodox Jewish organisations, indigenous communities and all groups where elders have prestige and privileged positions about the difficulty of dealing with these issue internally.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Parliamentary Committee into Clergy Sex Abuse

The Parliamentary Committee recently set up to look into churches handling of sexual assaults has had its funding cut in the State budget.  This is patently ridiculous when there were already questions about its capacity to undertake the onerous and complex task it had been given.  We were already worried that it would not have enough people and resources to chase up documents and interview people prior to the budget cuts.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Girls Around Me

A app call Girls Around Me uses Foursquare and Facebook data to show the actual location of women.  On the surface this seems a harmless bit of fun for those looking for a nightclub with people they might wish to meet.  However, anyone using social media and apps in particular to broadcast their location needs to think about the implications of telling people they might not wish to know where they are their actual location.  Not everyone in the social scene is just out for a good time.  Some people are predatory and are out to hurt other people.  Your whereabouts should be your and your friends business not strangers who might not have your best interests at heart.