How can we curb the ‘alarming frequency’ of parents killing their children in Australia? | SBS News

Of the cases involving family and domestic violence, a history of intimate partner violence was found in nine out of 10 cases, with men being the primary perpetrators in most cases.

Men also comprised around two-thirds of the parents who killed their children.

The study found that, when men killed their children, it often followed a history of perpetrating intimate partner violence.

And when women killed their children, often they had experienced intimate partner violence.

Source: How can we curb the ‘alarming frequency’ of parents killing their children in Australia? | SBS News

Sexual violence ‘disturbingly common’ as research shows one in five admit to it | SMH

More than one in five adult Australians, including more than a quarter of men, say they have perpetrated at least one form of sexual violence – and one in 14 people had done so in the past 12 months.

In one of the first studies into self-reported perpetration of sexual violence, the Australian Institute of Criminology found 22 per cent of a representative national sample of 5000 people said they had committed some form of it since the age of 18.

Pressuring someone for dates or sex, emotionally or psychologically manipulating someone to participate in sexual activity, and non-consensual kissing or touching were the most common forms of sexual violence people said they had committed in the past 12 months.

Just over one in 10 respondents (11.4 per cent) said they had perpetrated sexual assault during adulthood, 2.7 per cent said they had had intercourse without the victim’s permission – which is rape – and 2.4 per cent had removed a condom during sex, a practice known as stealthing.

“Importantly, while one in six women reported perpetrating some form of sexual violence during adulthood … this was primarily attributable to their rates of sexual harassment and coercion perpetration,” the authors noted.

“These forms of sexual violence were the items with the smallest differences between men and women. In contrast, rates of perpetration of all forms of sexual assault and IBSA [image-based sexual abuse] were two to five times higher for men than women.”

Campaign group Our Watch’s chief executive, Patty Kinnersly, described the data as shocking and said it showed the gendered nature of sexual violence. “The volume of perpetrators demonstrates the need for efforts to end violence against women to be targeting the whole population,” she said.

“The evidence shows that the underlying drivers of violence against women, including sexual violence, are rigid gender stereotypes, gender inequality and disrespect. These attitudes and the violence they drive can be prevented.”


Women’s prisons could be shut and converted to house male inmates to ease overcrowding – Mirror Online |UK

Women’s prisons could be closed and converted to accommodate male inmates under longer term plans to tackle the overcrowding crisis.

Justice Secretary Shabana Mahmood is expected to announce emergency measures within days as the country runs out of available cells in male jails. Tens of thousands of prisoners could be released early to create capacity after the Tories failed to build adequate places.

Under one proposal put forward to the government, enough female prisoners could be let out early to free up an entire prison, which could then be turned into one for men. The Mirror understands the idea is not part of the immediate plans to be announced this week, but may be considered as a solution in the medium term.
Women make up a much smaller proportion of the prison population, with 3,657 in jail compared to 83,796 men. There are 12 women’s prisons out of 117 in total in England and Wales. More than half (58%) of prison sentences given to women in 2022 were for less than six months. Short sentences can derail people’s lives, with jobs and houses lost and mums separated from their kids. They are also seen as largely ineffective with reoffending rates high.

Source: Women’s prisons could be shut and converted to house male inmates to ease overcrowding – Mirror Online

EXCLUSIVE DETAILS: German Trans-Identified Male Sues McDonald’s After Being Denied Access to Women’s Changing Room

A trans-identified male and former drag queen residing in Berlin is currently involved in litigation against McDonald’s after alleging he was denied access to the changing room intended for female employees. Kylie Divon, 27, also known as Keil Li, is seeking financial compensation for “discrimination” after a Muslim woman and colleague told him to leave the women’s changing room, citing his male genitalia as a cause for her concern.

Source: EXCLUSIVE DETAILS: German Trans-Identified Male Sues McDonald’s After Being Denied Access to Women’s Changing Room

Alice Munro’s daughter reveals abuse by her stepfather.

In 1976, nine-year-old Andrea Skinner, spent the summer at the home of her mother—Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro—in Ontario.

According to the now 58-year-old, as she slept in her bed one night while her mother was away, her stepfather, Gerald Fremlin, climbed into the bed alongside her, and sexually assaulted her.

Munro died from Alzheimer’s Disease in May this year, aged 92. Two months after her death, Skinner wrote about the rape in an essay written for the Toronto Star.

In the essay, Skinner claims she eventually told her mother about the abuse, but the award-winning author chose to remain married to her daughter’s abuser, even after he admitted it was true.

Skinner was 25 when she wrote to Munro in 1996 to disclose the abuse.

But Skinner described her mother’s response as “incredulous” and “as if she had learned of an infidelity”.

“She said that she had been ‘told too late,’ she loved him too much, and that our misogynistic culture was to blame if I expected her to deny her own needs, sacrifice for her children, and make up for the failings of men,” Skinner wrote.

“She was adamant that whatever had happened was between me and my stepfather. It had nothing to do with her.”

While Fremlin admitted to the assault, he described it as a “sexual adventure”, calling the then-nine-year-old little girl a “home-wrecker”.

Despite her mother’s response, Skinner maintained a relationship with her mother until she had children of her own, and told Munro that Fremlin could never be around the children. The pair fell out and never reconciled.

In 2005, Fremlin received two years’ probation after pleading guilty in Canadian court to assaulting Skinner.

Although Skinner wrote in the essay that she was satisfied with the legal outcome, she wanted her story to be told, about both Fremlin and her mother.

“The fact that my mother, confronted with the truth of what had happened, chose to stay with, and protect, my abuser.”

Source: Alice Munro’s daughter reveals abuse by her stepfather.

‘Do you like this position?’: The workplace rife with shocking sexual harassment

A Herald investigation has found sexual harassment of female staff is rife, but is often buried or ignored within NSW Corrective Services, the arm of the state government’s Department of Communities and Justice that’s responsible for running prisons.

Yet despite years of reports and data showing there have been significant sexual misconduct problems in at least 14 of Corrective Service’s work sites, it failed to implement key policies to stop it, forcing the workplace safety regulator to step in.

SafeWork NSW issued six improvement notices to Corrective Services between October 2023 and March this year warning that the department’s response to sexual misconduct was deficient across a host of measures and was putting workers at risk.

Staff from the Herald spoke to people who told their stories on the condition of anonymity to preserve their jobs and protect themselves from retribution. They say they have been enduring harassment for years, but have been too scared to report it, or their reports have not been acted upon.

They are speaking up now after a Special Commission of Inquiry into a staff member, Wayne Astill, who was convicted of raping 14 female inmates over five years, found a toxic culture of cover-up within the organisation and exposed myriad procedural failures (he is appealing against his convictions).

In a 2022 case, corrections officer Glenn Anthony Ash was convicted in Bathurst Local Court of 11 offences against colleagues at a Central West prison, including sexually touching without consent, carrying out a sexual act on another without consent, and assault with an act of indecency.

The incidents included asking colleagues to touch his penis, rubbing their backs and necks despite being told to stop, and masturbating in one complainant’s office. He also asked a complainant to “rearrange him” while unzipping his pants.

The Ash case prompted an independent review of the centre at which he worked, which led to misconduct proceedings against three more staff members. The results of the review have not been made public.

[T]he women who spoke to the Herald said in most cases the victims do not come forward, either because they feared retribution from the “boys’ club” or because if they did, no action was taken. The male officers protected each other.

“I know if I report anything it backfires on me,” said a different woman, who has had multiple experiences of serious harassment over her career. “We’re surrounded by toxicity. Colleagues are often more toxic than inmates. You have a false sense of security, you think if someone is wearing blue they have a strong sense of morals. But they don’t.”

The Herald approached Corrections Minister Anoulack Chanthivong for comment, but he did not provide any.

Source: 12ft

Register Here – IFLN event: A feminist approach to litigation and legal advocacy internationally – City University Law School

IFLN event: A feminist approach to litigation and legal advocacy internationally

Wed 17 Jul 2024 10:00 AM5:00 PM

City University Law School, EC1V 0HB

What can we learn from lawyers in different countries and jurisdictions about their strategies to tackle male violence against women?

Join us on 17 July 2024 for the first hybrid International Feminist Legal Network event.

During the event we will discuss local, regional, national and international approaches on issues such as:

  • Femicide and suicide resulting from domestic abuse
  • Challenging criminalisation of survivors of male violence
  • Challenging men’s fightback through the family courts and the use of parental alienation
  • Police perpetrated abuse
  • Violence against women framed as torture
  • Legal representation for victims in the criminal justice system and challenging anonymity for perpetrators
  • Using litigation as a tool for change
  • The impact of strategic litigation and how to enhance it

Lawyers from around the world will attend in person or online including from the Philippines, South Africa, United States and elsewhere.

International timings for the event are:

05:00-12:00 Lima, Bogota, New York
10:00-17:00 London
11:00-18:00 Madrid, Johannesburg
12:00-19:00 Athens, Helsinki, Nairobi
14:00-21:00 Lahore, Tashkent
14:30-21:30 New Delhi
17:00-00:00 Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing
18:00-01:00 Seoul, Tokyo
19:00-02:00 Sydney, Melbourne

Please note this event is aimed at lawyers, legal NGOs and legal academics.

Source: Register Here – IFLN event: A feminist approach to litigation and legal advocacy internationally – City University Law School

Surrogacy Act and Status of Children Act | NSW Government

What’s this about?

The Department of Communities and Justice is seeking feedback from people in the community to help decide if changes to the law are needed to better protect children’s rights and support all types of families.

This includes:

  • families with LGBTIQA+ members
  • families who use special medical procedures to have children
  • families with children born through surrogacy.

The laws under review:

Get more information by downloading the Discussion Paper.

Contents of submissions may be made public. If you would like your submission to remain confidential, please let us know when making your submission.

Have your say

Have your say by Friday 2 August 2024.

Source: Surrogacy Act and Status of Children Act | NSW Government