Saturday, 27 July 2013
FAHCSIA recently distributed some $45 million in funding to provide support for victims of sexual assault who wished to be involved with the Royal Commission. The funding was to provide support and assistance with dealing with the Commission. The CASAs in Victoria did not receive any funding even though they tendered for $1.1 million. The money went to three agencies who, whilst being excellent in their fields, are not experts in what is a highly difficult specialist area. CASAs who have a well trained workforce used to dealing with sexual assault have been left with an increase in demand and no additional funding. Demand over the past year has increased between 10-25 percent depending on where you are in the State. In a feedback session about the CASAs failed submission the main reason for not being successful was given by Federal bureacrats as not showing how the service system CASAs provide was relevant to the Royal Commission. It is hard to work out how a 24 hour state wide specialist system that predominantly deal with victim/survivors of sexual assault would be irrelevant. Clearly for the Federal Government it is.
A short video by a 11 year old Yemeni girl, Nada al-Ahdal, has clocked over seven million views bringing attention to the issue of the forced marriage of under age girls. Nada ran away but the 12 year old girl who died after 3 days in childbirth labour was not so lucky. The Yemeni Parliament tried to pass a law restricting married to those 18 year and older. This failed after opposition from hardline coservative MPs and a fatwa from a prominent cleric.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
The Australian Defence Force has established an independent office for victims of sexual assault and misconduct. The Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Office will take confidential reports from victims, provide support to victims and education to military personnel. Victims will be able to choose not to report to police as can victims in civilian life.
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
The average sentence in Victoria for rape in recent times is 4.11 months. This seems light for some offences. However, compared to the sentence handed down in New South Wales for a father who pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping his now 19 year old daughter between the ages of 9 and 14 years of age, the Victorian average seems reasonable.