Saturday, 6 April 2019

"11 and Married: Malaysia Spars Over an Age-Old Practice" The New York Times

It is extraordinary in this day and age that anyone can think of a justification for marrying an 11 year old girl.  If it is a cultural practice from many centuries ago we live now in the 21st century and it is not acceptable even in poor, under-developed areas of countries where this practice once flourished.  It is just another way older and old men find to excuse having sex with children.  You do not find many, if any, headlines about 11 year old boys being married to old women. It is child abuse however it is explained.
Times article

National Public Register of Child Sex Offenders

It is easy to understand why many people would be in favour of the proposal by Home Affair's Minister Peter Dutton to spend $7.8 million on creating a national public register of child sex offenders.  The proposal is that this register would allow all Australians to see names, aliases, photographs, date of birth and the general location and nature of crimes. This is a dangerous idea. 

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Additional Sexual Assault Funding

The Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Gabrielle Williams, announced an additional five-million dollars over the next two years to increase services for victim/survivors of sexual assault.  Nineteen services across the state including 14 CASAs will receive additional funding.