Category: sexual assault

Sexual Assault Survivors Share #WhyIDidntReport in Response to Trump’s Ignorant Attack on Ford

“Two out of three sexual assaults are never reported. Might have something to do with the fact that for every 1,000 rapes, 994 perpetrators walk free.”

The hashtag #WhyIDidntReport took off almost instantly, with survivors documenting their experiences of having their allegations dismissed or ignored, facing systems in which they would have to prove the wrong-doing of their far more powerful assailants, and being shamed by their communities after confiding in others about their attacks.

via Sexual Assault Survivors Share #WhyIDidntReport in Response to Trump’s Ignorant Attack on Ford

A man raped me, another tried to. They were not animals. They were men | Amy Remeikis | Opinion | The Guardian

Illustration of a hand reaching over a woman walking along a street

They are MEN Andrew Bolt just everyday MEN (ODT)

And when I talked about it, again, the questions came. Why were you out walking so late? How were you walking? What were you wearing? Did you smile at him?

And again they meant: “What did you do wrong, so we can avoid the same mistake?” What action did you take, so this won’t happen to me? How do I help my loved one stay safe? How can I stay safe?

I wrote as much in my victim impact statement to the court, asking the judge why must the conversation immediately turn to my actions, instead of the most obvious one – why are men attacking women in the street? In their homes? In parks, and on public transport, and in taxis and on doctor’s examining tables?

A friend told me it’s because he thought they were not men. That they were animals. “How do you even begin to reason with an animal like that?”

But he’s wrong. They are men.

They are sons and brothers, and fathers and boyfriends and husbands and friends and co-workers and the guys around you in the cafe.

We know they are, because the few who face the justice system get character references about how they are good guys, who are good sons and brothers and fathers and boyfriends and husbands and friends and co-workers who made a mistake.

via A man raped me, another tried to. They were not animals. They were men | Amy Remeikis | Opinion | The Guardian

Bill Cosby found guilty of drugging, sexually assaulting woman

America’s Rolf Harris (ODT)

Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He is likely to get less than that under state sentencing guidelines, but given his age, even a modest term could mean he will die behind bars.

via Bill Cosby found guilty of drugging, sexually assaulting woman

Gay conversion therapy survivors share painful legacy of ‘ex-gay’ treatments – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Christian Liam Webb wearing patterned shirt.

“It’s wrong… it’s totally unacceptable. I’m an example of the enormous damage that it can do to people.”

That was Ron Smith’s reaction to Health Minister Greg Hunt’s refusal to condemn a controversial plan by a section of Victoria’s Liberal Party to debate gay conversion therapy.

The 71-year-old former Baptist minister is a survivor of electroshock therapy, a now discredited practice once believed to rid patients of their same-sex attraction.

“They … put a wiring on my private parts that measured temperature changes, and showed me about a thousand pictures of men and a thousand pictures of women over about a 10-day period,” Mr Smith recalls.

“When my body temperature rose when I saw the guys, which is natural for me, they delivered high voltages of electricity through wires that were attached to punish me for being gay and try to make me straight.

“It was horrific.”

Mr Smith received the treatment in 1976. It was recommended by his psychotherapist — a respected member of the Baptist community — who knew Mr Smith was gay, and promised this would change his sexual orientation. It didn’t.

via Gay conversion therapy survivors share painful legacy of ‘ex-gay’ treatments – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Vindicated’: Robert Doyle accuser ‘very pleased’ with probe findings

Tessa Sullivan said she felt “very pleased” after an investigation into Mr Doyle on Tuesday upheld four allegations against him, including that he grasped her breast.

But she says she won’t run for public office again, despite the findings, and has criticised former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett for jumping to Mr Doyle’s defence.

‘‘It is a huge vindication after 11 weeks of waiting,’’ she told ABC Radio on Wednesday.‘‘Four findings of gross misconduct really display the vulgarity and the disgusting actions by Robert Doyle towards us.’’

via ‘Vindicated’: Robert Doyle accuser ‘very pleased’ with probe findings

Lord mayor Robert Doyle takes leave after sex harassment claim by councillor who quit

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle speaks at the opening of the 2013 Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne Town Hall, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. (AAP Image/Paul Jeffers) NO ARCHIVING AAP

Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle will take leave for a month while Melbourne City Council investigates explosive sexual harassment allegations against him, including an allegation of indecent assault.

via Lord mayor Robert Doyle takes leave after sex harassment claim by councillor who quit

Prestigious private schools face multi-million dollar lawsuits from alleged abuse victims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Some of Australia’s most prestigious private schools are being sued for millions of dollars by men who allege they were sexually abused by teachers and staff.

Source: Prestigious private schools face multi-million dollar lawsuits from alleged abuse victims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Here’s fresh insight into Pell’s response to the child sex abuse crisis. It’s not encouraging | Opinion | The Guardian

Rather than heed the law – or follow system rules and regulations – the church continued to believe that individual priests could make individual decisions to stop abusing children

Source: Here’s fresh insight into Pell’s response to the child sex abuse crisis. It’s not encouraging | Opinion | The Guardian

The face of real sexploitation :Selling American girls | Al Jazeera America

Until recently, the victims were the ones being arrested

Source: Selling American girls | Al Jazeera America

Cologne sex attacks: We Germans must not confuse the issues of sexual violence and immigration

Cologne sex attacks: We Germans must not confuse the issues of sexual violence and immigration | Voices | The Independent

When most of German society along with our chancellor Angela Merkel declared “refugees welcome” last summer, I was grateful, and – unusually for a left-thinking German like myself – proud of my country. Of course, it was always clear that this gesture was going to present a whole bunch of challenges. After discussing the administrative challenge (“Can we manage this”), we directly slipped into another one: the fears we might have about different cultures and habits.

Source: Cologne sex attacks: We Germans must not confuse the issues of sexual violence and immigration | Voices | The Independent