In custody litigation, when mothers reported abuse — including child abuse and domestic violence — the mothers lost custody 28 per cent of the time. But when fathers alleged abuse, the fathers lost custody only 12 per cent of the time.
PUBLIC policy in Scotland has been “captured” by lobbyists for transgender rights, academics have claimed, leaving the rights of other groups, especially women and girls at risk.
More women in Queensland are being imprisoned for breaching domestic violence orders, sometimes with serious assaults. But if a significant proportion are victims themselves, as experts say, where are things going so wrong?
Debbie Kilroy believes the problems need to be tackled even more radically, and earlier in the piece. For that reason, she said, Sisters Inside is advocating for “truly gendered” domestic violence legislation that requires police to assume “the male party is the perpetrator of violence, in the absence of overwhelming evidence to the contrary”.“It is important that we return to the original intent of domestic violence legislation,” Sisters Inside recently told the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into imprisonment and recidivism, “that is, to primarily protect women and children”.
Despite female lawyers increasing in number and proportion since 2011, data from the Australian Financial Review’s 2019 Law Partnership Survey shows women continue to be underrepresented in leadership levels of the profession. Just 27 per cent of partners in large and medium-sized firms are women, according to that survey.
And most women have much less super than most men.
In 2017, the median super balance for women aged 60-64 was $36,000. For men it was $110,000.
This is partly because women are much more likely than men to take time out of work or to work part-time to care for children and other family members, and partly because of the persistent gender pay gap.
The gender pay gap means women contribute less to superannuation and, as a result, are much more likely than men to experience poverty and hardship in retirement and will have to rely on the pension anyway, regardless of super.
Paediatricians are to investigate the controversial drug therapies used to halt the puberty of children who want to change gender.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has asked its committee of experts to look at the ethics around the rapid increase in the use of hormone blockers to treat under-16s who identify as transgender.
It is the first time the issue has been formally addressed by the ethics and law advisory committee of the Royal College, which sets professional standards.
The event, which was proposed by controversial B.C. Human Rights Tribunal complainant Jessica Yaniv, formerly known as Jonathan Yaniv, would allow the youth to be “topless (at their leisure), in compliance with the laws of Canada” and would prohibit parents and caretakers from attending.
“Caretakers will be prohibited from attending these events as it’s considered safe and inclusive,” wrote Yaniv to council.
Yaniv is not one to shy away from the spotlight.
She is also running (and fundraising) for 2019 Miss BC.
“Being part of the LGBTQQIP2SAA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, 2-spirited, asexual, and allies community), it’s important to take a stand for equality and human rights,” wrote Yaniv on her online fundraiser.
NSW is the only Australian state and territory where abortion is still a crime, but a new bill with cross-party support will change that.
The bill explicitly states a woman who has an abortion is not committing an offence, and allows abortions on request up to 22 weeks’ gestation performed by a registered doctor.
Women beyond 22 weeks would need the consent of two doctors, and emergency provisions would allow a doctor to perform a termination without consulting a second doctor to save the life of a woman or another fetus.
Doctors who have a conscientious objection must disclose this to their patient and refer or transfer her to the care of another doctor who has no objection.
In a letter to the social services minister, Anne Ruston, women’s safety groups said counselling where domestic violence was a factor was unsafe and “not recommended by any representative specialist domestic and family violence service peak body, practitioner group, or research organisation nationally”.
The chief executive of the family violence charity the Lokahi Foundation, Rachael Natoli, said women might not be able to be honest about the abuse they were experiencing in couples counselling sessions.
“Either way it’s a lose-lose situation, because if we go to those sessions and we are not honest, we’re not going to achieve anything from it.
“And if we go, and the counsellor says something that leads to us being in any way honest about the state of the relationship, we are completely in danger when we leave that situation.”
The current online world creates an inherently traumatizing developmental environment for young people, due both to its glamorization of sexual objectification, as well as the way users are inundated by online pornography.
It’s clear that current interventions to improve mental health are not adequately addressing the underlying causes of mental illness and suicidality for young people today. In fact, psychological science as a whole has a long history of failing to address the insidious and widespread impacts of trauma, particularly sexual trauma — which so often underlies suicidality and mental illness.
Consider that not too long ago, psychiatric authorities deemed childhood sexual abuse a positive experience. To quote the 1974 edition of the Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, “Incestuous activity diminishes the subject’s chance of psychosis and allows for a better adjustment to the outside world.” While incest was deemed acceptable, homosexuality was a diagnosable mental disorder, and women could be considered mentally ill if they “disobeyed” their husbands.
The denial of traumatic sexual experience and its lifelong impact heralds from a much earlier era. In 1896, Sigmund Freud, one of psychology’s best known forefathers, first presented on the sexual abuse of girls, arguing that it was both widespread and the most significant cause of later trauma (then termed hysteria) in women. However, because his paper implied that many men of “good reputation” were in fact perpetrators of abuse, he received significant backlash. On this basis, Freud not only recanted his paper, but replaced it with the theory of the “Oedipus complex” — that is, the notion that girls invent sexual fantasies about their fathers. Freud’s theory hallmarked the beginning of a theme that continues to influence the collective consciousness today: victim-blaming and the discrediting of women’s and children’s reports of abuse.