Saturday, 1 March 2014
SECASA is running its annual residential workshop with Mike Lew for male survivors of childhood sexual assault. This weekend will run from Friday 22nd August 2014 - Sunday 24th August 2014. It will take place at Maldon in the Derby Hill Blue Light Youth Camp, Phoenix Street. The weekend is for men for are actively engaged in counselling. It provides a variety of healing activities, sharing of stories, writing exercises, anger work, group discussions, relation and fun in a safe environment.
One of the things that aids the recovery of rape victims is being believed. To have the Japanese Government consider revisiting its 1995 apology for its wartime crimes against women in the form of enforced prostitution known as 'comfort women' is not only outrageous but damaging for those women who are still alive.
Sunday, 23 February 2014
Simon Horsfall is a pharmacist in Thurgoona, Albury who says that his local priest advised him against dispensing emergency contraception. Clearly Mr Horsfall has a right to his religious beliefs. However, there are complications with sensitive issues such as contraception, condoms and emergency contraception. Mr Horsfall has apparently put notes in packets of the oral contraceptive pill for over 12 years stating "If your primary reson for taking this medicine is contraceptive then it would be appreciated, that in the future, you could respect our views and have your OCP prescriptions filled elsewhere." This is relatively honest. Emergency contraception is a more difficult issue. There is a window when it is effective which is approximately 72 hours. To send a person away to go three kilometres to the next pharmacy without warning them about the time constraints is not honest.
Sunday, 16 February 2014
New research published in The Lancet reports that 1 in 14 women have been sexual assaulted at least once in their lives by someone other than an intimate partner. Causing interest in the media has been the assertion that Australia and New Zealand have a very high rate of sexual assault. But it will show as higher than other regions such as North Africa and South Asia for a number of reasons. Australia and New Zealand's definitions of rape are broader than most countries. Reporting rates, although known to be low, are likely to be higher than in countries where women are punished for being raped.
The Salvation Army should be commended for the Commissioner James Condon publicly stating that the Salvation Army no longer considers its reputation a priority when dealing with victims of child sexual assault. "The priority is the survivor, not protection of the Salvation Army" he told the Royal Commisson earlier this month. A new process is being trialled called 'People First' which provides an unreserved apology and a lump sum payment to victims.