Thursday, 11 October 2012
Whilst we are immersed in our own struggles for better access to services for sexual assault and family violence victims, it is important to maintain a sense that we have come a long way even if there is a long way to go. Some fights have been won. No one argues children should not be educated.
Sunday, 7 October 2012
SECASA is 35 years old. Although we often think that there are not enough services for victims of sexual assault it is important to appreciate how far we have all travelled in the sexual assault field. When SECASA started in the Queen Vic Hospital in 1977 the only assistance for victims of a recent sexual assault was a medical in the Russell Street Police Station with the Police Surgeon Peter Bush. Later when he moved to the Queen Vic to provide medicals there was a social worker available to assist victims. Slowly the service grew and other services started to operate. Children were provided with counselling, victims of childhood sexual assault and men were provided with specific counselling. Slowly the field grew until there are now 16 CASAs with over 200 staff and a statewide budget of over $18 million.
Tuesday, 2 October 2012
It was clear following Jill Meagher's murder that a number of women had had threatening experiences on the streets in the area where Jill was abducted. Most of these women had not reported or tried to report to the Police. New South Wales and Queensland have on line anonymous reporting which enables the Police to gather information about areas where women are being assaulted or harassed when the victims do not want to report to the Police but are willing to go on line.