Sunday, 16 November 2014

Universities shelve sexual assault survey

Australia's universities and residential colleges have shelved a plan to collect and share data about sexual assaults on campus.  This idea came out of the 2011 review into the treatment of women at the Australian Defence Force Academy led by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick. It is a lost opportunity.  Whilst some colleges and universities run educational programs for staff and students others do have such programs.  It would be really useful to have an agreement about what should be provided on campuses to deal with sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Boko Haram

The 219 Nigerian school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have now been missing for seven months.  We can only guess at how many of them have been raped, forced into "marriage" with older men and are pregnant. It seems outrageous that in 2014 over two hundred girls can just disappear and their government and the global community does not seem to be capable of taking action to return them to their families. Children deserve protection from abduction and sexual assault worldwide not just in developed nations.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Independent Review of Compensation Arrangements Under The Melbourne Response

The Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart has appointed a retired Federal Court Judge, The Hon Donnell Ryan QC to conduct and independent review of  the processes available under the Melbourne Response for compensating victims of sexual abuse by priests, lay persons and religious under the control  of the Melbourne Archdiocese.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Julien Blanc

If you want some toxic viewing have a look at Mr Blanc's workshop.  This man is a dangerous example to men about appropriate ways to behave.  There are enough men who have difficulty with cues, body language and being told "No" without a mysogynist running seminars on how to behave badly.  Even if he has no other skills to sell in the workplace he should be ashamed pimping himself around in this manner. He needs to grow up and have a look at the reality of the world around him and not view it purely through the prism of his genitals.

There are protests on social media aimed at anyone providing a venue for his workshop.  I suggest you join in.




Sunday, 31 August 2014

Gender Equity: What Will It Take To Be The Best Report

Gender Equity: What Will It Take To Be The Best is a report commissioned by the Richmond Football Club as part as a three year affirmative action plan to improve the position of women.  The report found that there was widespread cynicism about the AFL's commitment to gender equity.  This has always been apparent in there response to sexual assault which is far less rigorous than there response to racism or homophobia.