Sunday, 29 October 2017

Redress and compensation schemes

The Federal Government's new redress scheme for victims of childhood sexual abuse will award a maximum of $150 000 compensation which is $50 000 less than the amount proposed as a cap by the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.  It is suggested that only a small percentage of the 60 000 adults abused as children will receive the highest amount. Victims who have later offended and been in jail for sex offences, and other serious crimes, will not be eligible for compensation.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Hand Off Campaign

The Hands Off Campaign is a good idea.  It is a collaboration between Crime Stoppers and Victoria Police to try and deal with people who grope women, sexually assault women or generally harass them on public transport.  Whilst many of the incidents may be at the lower end of criminal offences for many women being touched inappropriately in public can be devastating.  I makes them feel unsafe in public spaces such as transport where they should be able to move freely without any threat.  Crime Stopppers have posted images of alleged offenders on their Facebook and are asking people to contact them if they have any information related to the images.  Any campaign that makes public areas safer for women and makes it clear that sexual offences and sexual harassment will not be tolerated is a good idea.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Harvey Weinstein and Roman Polanski

With the sacking of Harvey Weinstein by his own company The Weinstein Company for sexual harrassment and sexual assault of a number of women over many years it looks as though Hollywood is starting to face up to a problem they have had for many years.  The rich and powerful in charge of the studios are mostly male and some of them are clearly predatory.  Hollywood is not alone in having institutions that support abusive men as we have seen over the past few years with the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse.