Major NSW Parties Vote Down Law Against Sexual Predators in the Police Force

The major parties of the NSW parliament have voted down a law which would have sought to ensure that “sexual misconduct [by police officers] reduces… [their] promotional opportunities”

The Greens amendment would have added provisions to section 71 of the Police Act 1990 (NSW), ensuring the commissioner must not promote an officer who’s engaged in prior sexual harassment or misconduct, and that an inquiry to ascertain if this is the case be conducted before promotion.

Source: Major NSW Parties Vote Down Law Against Sexual Predators in the Police Force

‘There are no human rights here’: Inside the Government’s ‘exploitative’ backpacker visa scheme

Sexual harassment, requests to wear a bikini, being asked to lure other backpackers into exploitative schemes, and an hourly wage of just $2.50 — these are the stories of backpackers working under the Federal Government’s visa scheme.

Source: ‘There are no human rights here’: Inside the Government’s ‘exploitative’ backpacker visa scheme – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australian women in their late teens more likely to be victims of sexual assault

A new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveals young men were most likely to be the perpetrators of sexual assault.

In 2018–19, 97% of sexual assault offenders recorded by police were men, the report found. The Personal Safety Survey does not rely on police data, but collects information directly from men and women aged 18 years and above about the nature and extent of violence they have experienced since the age of 15, whether they reported it to police or not.

The CEO of Gender Equity Victoria, Tanja Kovac, said despite the high-profile MeToo movement, high-profile prosecutions of men and increased investment in behavioural change, statistics around violence against women were worsening.

The CEO for Our Watch, Patty Kinnersly, said sexual assault is “devastatingly common in Australia”.

“It is also a highly gendered issue,” she said. “As the data consistently shows, what links all forms of violence against women is that they are overwhelmingly perpetrated by men.”

She said more needed to be done to address individual men’s attitudes and behaviours as well as attitudes embedded across society.

Source: Australian women in their late teens more likely to be victims of sexual assault | Australia news | The Guardian

Sydney bar manager who took man to court for slapping her bottom says she hopes for change

Annabel Bassil decided to take a stand against harassment in the hospitality industry after an incident which she says well and truly “crossed the line”.

The bar manager was smacked on the bottom by a male patron, who later pleaded guilty to common assault, and says she hopes her case will be a force for change for women in the industry.

Source: Sydney bar manager who took man to court for slapping her bottom says she hopes for change – ABC News

Girls no more: why elite gymnastics competition for women should start at 18

The new Netflix documentary Athlete A details how Larry Nassar, the US women’s gymnastics team doctor, was brought to justice after sexually abusing hundreds of gymnasts.

Since its release, gymnasts around the world have come forward with stories of physical and emotional abuse.

Following allegations of abuse by Australian athletes, the Australian Human Rights Commission will conduct a review on behalf of Gymnastics Australia.

Athletes – including former Olympians – are now calling for an increase in the minimum age for senior international competition from 16 to 18.

Source: Girls no more: why elite gymnastics competition for women should start at 18

‘Breach of trust’: landmark study delves into sexual misconduct complaints made against Australia’s health professions

Medical practitioners, psychologists, chiropractors and osteopaths comprise 22% of registered health practitioners in Australia, yet almost three-quarters of sexual misconduct complaints made to health regulators involved these professions, a world-first study has found.

Although nurses and midwives comprised 59.2% of health practitioners, they made up 19.2% of sexual misconduct complaints.

Rates of notifications alleging sexual assault were higher for chiropractors and osteopaths, psychiatrists, and general practitioners than for internal medicine physicians.

exual misconduct complaints made against Australia’s health professions | Health | The Guardian

Doctor accused of drugging, sexually assaulting patients while they slept at Sydney clinic

A court is told Ali Khorami, a doctor at a sleep research clinic in Glebe, sexually assaulted overnight patients and drugged one woman by spiking her orange juice.

Source: Doctor accused of drugging, sexually assaulting patients while they slept at Sydney clinic – ABC News

Deep cultural shifts required: open letter from 500 legal women calls for reform of way judges are appointed and disciplined

In an open letter to Attorney-General Christian Porter, about 500 women working in the law from across Australia have sought changes to the way judges are disciplined and appointed.

Source: Deep cultural shifts required: open letter from 500 legal women calls for reform of way judges are appointed and disciplined

To all men who are in on the ‘open secret’: you have failed us

In its first statement announcing the findings of the inquiry, the high court identified six recommendations that it intended to implement. Two of these were starkly oriented towards “victim responsibility”; the first being that the induction materials provided to associates should “make sure to cover material directly relevant to their specialised role”; and secondly, that “the court should make clear to associates that their duties do not extend to an obligation to attend social functions”.

What about making it clear to judges not to inappropriately touch and harass their associates at social functions? To police the conduct of their colleagues at social functions?

The high court then announced that it had invited 100 former associates that worked at the high court during Heydon’s tenure to share any relevant experiences.

What about inviting the judges and other senior members of the court during that time to explain what they knew, if anything, about the alleged “open secret” and what they did or did not do about it? Surely that is the next step in order to identify what systemic problems exist.

Heaven knows it is not just a woman’s job to speak out – we have enough to do.

Source: To all men who are in on the ‘open secret’: you have failed us | Sexual harassment | The Guardian