Data report reveals an uncomfortable truth

Until now, the Personal Safety Survey has been the primary data on violence in Australia. It is a detailed data set, but it relies on people’s memories and perceptions of the violence they have experienced and what they are willing or able to share with people conducting the survey. These responses provide a good indication of … More Data report reveals an uncomfortable truth

Harassing conduct biggest single issue in faith organisations

In our work with faith leaders – lay and ordained, we commonly hear stories of harassment. Victims are often unsure of what qualifies as harassment and what to do when they’re being harassed. Victims are also reluctant to report it and so it continues to be an issue. Harassment can ruin a great paid or … More Harassing conduct biggest single issue in faith organisations

A Question of Consent

Earlier this month, a young woman named Saxon Mullins shared her story for the first time with the broadcaster’s Four Corners program. Her case is deeply disturbing and pushes most of us to ask some tough questions about the notion of consent. The facts of the case, undisputed by both parties, are distressing. Luke Lazarus took … More A Question of Consent

An anonymous donor pledges 10,000 to Think Prevent

An anonymous donor and business man recently pledged d $10,000 to the Think Prevent Violence Prevention Program to Prevent Domestic and Sexual Violence. The bystander intervention workshops and training, that were launched in 2015, target faith leaders and those of no religion Co- founder of Think Prevent, Dr Ree Boddé said  ” it’s deeply gratifying … More An anonymous donor pledges 10,000 to Think Prevent

Faith Institutions urged to tackle sexual harassment 

I was hosting a dinner recently and, as we sat around the table a young man brought up the subject of sexual harassment and the former Mayor Robert Doyle loosing his job over sexual misconduct allegations. He ended his conversation by asking what he could do? As a woman sitting at that table, I appreciated his … More Faith Institutions urged to tackle sexual harassment 

Bystander Intervention Can Prevent Sexual Assault

Witnessing an uncomfortable situation where someone is being violated in some way can leave you feeling helpless even if you’re just a bystander. Turns out, if you see a dangerous or potentially dangerous situation, but you don’t know what to do or how to intervene, you are not alone. While this experience of being a … More Bystander Intervention Can Prevent Sexual Assault

From #Me Too to Men Too to prevent sexual violence

From the election of a US President whose negative commentary on women is no secret, to the outpouring of revelations about Harvey Weinstein and the subsequent #Me too campaign, reveals the ubiquity of sexual violence against women. It’s important however, that we don’t allow this to become a story about one or two bad guys … More From #Me Too to Men Too to prevent sexual violence