Just Admit You Don’t Care If We Die

The ways in which girls and women are objectified, dismissed, neglected, harassed, silenced and abused seem to be endless. Girls and women have always been objectified in books, magazines, advertisements, tv shows and movies, and we have been overlooked and erased from our very own archived history. Black and Indigenous girls and women have suffered and have been erased even more so than white women.Our body parts are commodified. Archaic beliefs are held about our natural bodily functions, and unless you are a female, the full extent of the brutal truth about how girls and women are viewed, spoken about and treated has been hidden from you. This steady erosion of our humanness has created a world where, for the most part, we are treated like objects and not like living human beings.

Source: Just Admit You Don’t Care If We Die – J.K. Williams

Unpursued in the Top End

Police in the Northern Territory are less likely to pursue a sexual assault report than police in any other state or territory, new data supplied exclusively to ABC News reveals.

The statistics for the NT uncover rising rates of reports withdrawn, falling rates of police action and large variations in outcomes between police divisions.

Source: Unpursued in the Top End – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

1800RESPECT put to tender as complex callers strain the helpline

The contract for the 1800RESPECT service will be opened up for the first time since it was established 10 years ago, as Social Services Minister Anne Ruston released a Coalition-commissioned review by the University of NSW, which found the current operation model involves “financial risks” for the government.

The number of contacts with the national sexual assault and domestic violence helpline has more than doubled over two years.

The report identified a “lack of appropriate strategies” to deal with repeat callers, given help provided by 1800RESPECT is based on a single-session approach.

Expressions of interest for 1800RESPECT open next month. The government expects to make a decision in late 2020, with the successful provider to start work in mid-2021. It plans to extend the MHS contract until then.

Source: 1800RESPECT put to tender as complex callers strain the helpline

Trafficking industry hit as ‘sex worker’ chatbots fool thousands

Campaign to lure men seeking to buy sex triggers big decline in online searches in Seattle.

During a two-year period, Seattle Against Slavery posted fake online adverts that connected people with chatbots that initially posed as sex workers, before delivering a deterrence message. The campaign, which also involved placing more than 2m Google adverts warning people of the risks of buying sex online, led to a 50% decline in online searches for keywords such as “teen escort”.

Source: Trafficking industry hit as ‘sex worker’ chatbots fool thousands | Society | The Guardian

Should lawyers make compromises for the Red Mass?

Protesters have called for lawyers and judges to not attend anymore and wanted lawyers to be aware of the message they are sending to the community by attending.

Child sexual abuse survivors’ advocate Chrissie Foster was one of the many people involved in the silent protest outside.

“Victims of clerical abuse need to know the judiciary is impartial,” Ms Foster said.

On the day, she was holding a sign that read “crime scene”, in reference to the venue, St Patrick’s Cathedral, where convicted Cardinal Pell abused two choirboys in 1996.

Source: Should lawyers make compromises for the Red Mass? – Lawyers Weekly

Prostitution as a cause and consequence of inequality

New Zealand was the first country to decriminalise prostitution and it was promoted as a progressive move. Yet survivors of the sex trade say that pimps and johns are emboldened operating within the law, and that the women are treated more like a piece of property to be used and abused. Speak Up For Women is calling for a review of New Zealand’s laws on prostitution after the murder of Bella Te Pania, who is the fifth prostitute to be murdered since the law change. The Nordic Model is being proposed as an alternative.

Source: Prostitution as a cause and consequence of inequality – Redline

New investigation reveals just how badly police have failed survivors of sexual assault

A ground-breaking investigation by ABC News has revealed, for the first time, the outcome of nearly every sexual assault reported to the police in Australia between 2008 and 2017.

Alone among Australia’s states and territories, NSW Police do not record data on why a sexual assault investigation did not lead to arrest or other formal legal action. Across the rest of Australia, 1 in 5 investigations reports are withdrawn.

Over the 10-year period, Queensland Police rejected 20 per cent of sexual assault reports, while Tasmania rejected 5 per cent. In the ACT, the rate of rejected cases jumped considering over the years, from 3 per cent in 2010 to 21 per cent in 2017.

Source: New investigation reveals just how badly police have failed survivors of sexual assault

Quebec City man charged with woman’s murder was on day parole for ex-spouse’s brutal slaying

A man charged with killing a Quebec City sex worker was allowed to have what the Parole Board of Canada deemed “inappropriate” sexual relations with women — despite the “serious and worrisome risk.”

Sandra Wesley, the director of Stella, a Montreal-based sex workers’ organization, said the case is “very concerning” because the parole board appears to have given Gallese tacit permission to hire prostitutes, knowingly putting them at risk.

“They identified that this man was a potential danger to women and wasn’t ready to have proper relationships with women but figured that he could then go see sex workers.”

Source: Quebec City man charged with woman’s murder was on day parole for ex-spouse’s brutal slaying | CBC News

Ed: similar decisions made here in Australia: https://www.news.com.au/national/western-australia/judge-grants-edward-latimer-permission-to-see-sex-workers/news-story/33d8928a8304c130a6579be70e58de9e?

https://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/wa/WASC/2019/241.html?fbclid=IwAR2JFMd_Z2mePPTVyPxQG2HmOrEjldpsYbO36L_S7fS83PATM3bQOtYW5hA

 

India’s First Female Superhero Takes On Sex Trafficking

She is India’s first woman comic book superhero, eschewing tights for a sari or salwar-kameez and confidently sitting astride a large Bengal tiger. She also happens to be a gang-rape survivor, who turns her trauma into a superpower.
The character of Priya is path-breaking in many ways. She starts her journey as a simple Indian village girl and goes on to fight the demons of rape, acid attacks, and, most recently, teenage sex-trafficking across three critically acclaimed graphic novels. But if you’re expecting Kali-inspired beheadings and gory vengeance sequences, you might be disappointed.

The plots of the three books all possess one critical layer of nuance: they refuse to settle into the good vs. evil dichotomy of most other superhero stories. Priya’s modus operandi is different in that she not only strikes down the bad guys, but also acknowledges the sociocultural system that creates them.

Source: India’s First Female Superhero Takes On Sex Trafficking | HuffPost India

Mum who discovered paedophile was living on her street was told keep it secret by police

A mum who discovered a convicted paedophile had moved onto her street but was told to keep it secret by police says Sarah’s Law is failing children.

Sarah’s Law, officially known as the Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme, was introduced following the abduction and murder of Sarah Payne, eight, by paedophile Roy Whiting, in 2000.

Claire became suspicious of a new neighbour after he knocked on their door and asked if their eight-year-old daughter would like to go berry picking with him.

After becoming suspicious, she contacted West Yorkshire Police and discovered he had previously been jailed for possessing child abuse images.

Under the conditions of Sarah’s Law, Ms Varin was made to sign a non-disclosure form, preventing her from warning anybody else. However, after her neighbours found out, she was taken to court.

She said: “It makes you question how effective the law is. It’s meant to be there to protect children, but we can’t share the information – technically you aren’t even supposed to tell your partner, although the police did accept I was going to do so to protect my children.”

Source: Mum who discovered paedophile was living on her street was told keep it secret by police – Leeds Live