So Australia is a first world country right? We Australians, pride ourselves in being one of the safest nations in the world. But are we really? We call countries like Iraq, Pakistan, and India third world countries for several reasons. One of them is safety, in particular safety of women. But let's shed some light on our country today. Good morning, today I would like to address you not as students but as children, brothers, sisters and friends of girls and women who mean something to you.
I'm sure you are all aware of the horrendous episode that took place in Brunswick, a young woman Jill Meagher was abused, raped and then killed in a grotesque manner by an atrocious man whose name still makes me sick to the stomach. Melbourne stood still that day. She was a daughter, a sister and a wife. And guess what? The man who was behind all of this was in fact on parole. On parole for raping 5 women before her. 5 women! Women have lost their faith in the law system, there are always people like Adrian Bailey who offend repeatedly. This is why penalties should be harsher. There were 2044 reported rape offences the year before this occurred. And these are just the ones that we know about. And today, Victoria police responds to about 140 incidents every day. But just harshening the penalties is going to quite cut it. Educational programs need to be put in place as well, if we can have workshops at our school for safe sex and bullying, then why not this?
If you haven't yet figured it out I'm going to be talking about Violence against Women, why the penalties should be harsher for people who commit these crimes and why education programs need to be put in place. So what is violence against women? WHO defines it as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life."
According to white ribbon's latest report half a million kids in this country are growing up with household violence. For them, violence is a normal and legitimate way of resolving disputes. Recent studies suggest one in seven boys (aged 12-20) believe it's all right to force a girl to have sex if she was flirting. One in three year 10 girls who've had sex, have had unwanted (i.e. coerced) sex. The research demonstrates people who hold violence-supporting attitudes are more likely to use violence, and those who accept such attitudes are far more likely to be the victims of violence. So, if we value the kids of this country and want the best for them as adults, we must teach them that sexist and demeaning attitudes, sexual coercion and violence in any form are wrong, and can never be tolerated.
In today's day and age the details of what women are subjected to by men are horrific. Every day in Australian women are made a victim of horrific delinquencies like trafficking, honour killing,...