When mothers allege child abuse by fathers, the mothers often lose custody, study shows

Too often, advocates say, family courts don’t believe mothers’ claims of abuse.

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.

Source: When mothers allege child abuse by fathers, the mothers often lose custody, study shows – The Washington Post

Report says trans lobbying groups ‘captured’ public policy, putting women and girls at risk

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.

Source: Report says trans lobbying groups ‘captured’ public policy, putting women and girls at risk | HeraldScotland

What happens when an abused woman fights back?

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”.

Source: What happens when an abused woman fights back? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Women lawyers outnumber men; Indigenous numbers lagging

A new report published by the Law Society of NSW has shed new light on the emerging trends in and makeup of the Australian legal profession.

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.

Source: Women lawyers outnumber men; Indigenous numbers lagging – Law Society Journal

Voluntary super: a good way to increase women’s dependence on men

Making super contributions voluntary for people earning less than $50,000 a year, as proposed by Senator Andrew Bragg, would be a backward step for women.

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.

Source: Voluntary super: a good way to increase women’s dependence on men

Use of puberty blockers on transgender children to be investigated

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.

Source: Use of puberty blockers on transgender children to be investigated | News | The Times

‘Alarming’ trans activist’s top-optional youth swim event not cleared to proceed

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.

Source: ‘Alarming’ trans activist’s top-optional youth swim event not cleared to proceed | Vancouver Is Awesome

NSW set to overturn ‘archaic’ abortion ban in historic vote

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.

Source: NSW set to overturn ‘archaic’ abortion ban in historic vote

Domestic abuse survivors angered by federal funding for couples counselling

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.”

Source: Domestic abuse survivors angered by federal funding for couples counselling | Society | The Guardian

The role of social media and sexual trauma cannot be ignored in conversations about ‘mental illness’

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.

Source: The role of social media and sexual trauma cannot be ignored in conversations about ‘mental illness’