The civil suit raised against George Pell is not an outlier, as the victims of the Catholic Church are now free to sue for damages.
While the judge may have ruled in Geoffrey Rush’s favour, the subtext is clear to those who come forward: the system will not protect you.
The #MeToo movement has changed the media landscape, however, it hasn’t exact reached our shores just yet.
While the Pell verdict has split the nation, scoring it as a win for our political station needs to stop.
The news about George Pell hit home, as I thought of my uncle, a victim of the church, one who didn’t survive to feel the vindication felt last week.
The Catholic Church is facing yet more scandal, as members of the clergy are now coming forward with serious allegations of abuse.
Despite the recommendations enacted, those in the church are still not required to disclose what they hear during confessions.
While the government has made steps to reverse our history of child sex abuses, they’re still protecting those who enabled those crimes.
She was a central figure in bringing the crimes of Malka Leifer into the light. However, the story of Dassi Erlich goes far beyond that.
While the Royal Commission into Child Sex abuses has been hugely important, we now need a government to be as strong as the victims.
The Aziz Ansari situation is beyond just that. It speaks of the larger issue, in how we’re quick to blame women and excuse men.
The #MeToo movement has given women a voice, revealing the prevalence of sexual harassment, assault, and predation in our society and exposing its scope, and I’m no different. But, what next?
While some victims of child sexual abuses within the Catholic Church may see justice, but for the vast majority, my Dad included, it is already too late.
When Don Burke labelled the voices against him a ‘witch hunt’, he was merely following a well-worn path that many have walked down before.
After a two year old’s testimony lead to the conviction of her sexual abuser, the question is, result aside, was the court in the right?
We’ve been hearing the notable instances of sexual assault in Hollywood. However, I’d like to illustrate the choices those who ‘haven’t made it’ face, those who are told they must do it in order to have a career. They don’t.
Rolf Harris is not the only one in the spotlight in his trial. Those who give evidence against him suffer their own shame, primarily from the collected media who want to know “why?”
The government is proposing laws to revoke passports of child sex offenders. Is this the right move or does it stigmatise those who have “served their time”?
Ingeborg van Teeseling recounts the personal story of a friend and his battle to be taken seriously as a victim of sexual abuse, and the path his story put her on to learn more about male victims of abuse.
In a week where Victorian police were under fire for victim blaming over Masa Vukotic, John Laws’ dismissive comments toward a male sexual abuse victim have Lachlan Dale calling for a rethink on male role models.
Rich Jackson’s Longreads this week bring us multiple rape cases in Bill Cosby and the University of Virginia, John Pilger on Julian Assange, and from Narrative.ly, how to befriend a mugger(!)