Save Sussex St property from sale and redevelopment. Upgrade for use as a Safehouse.

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Anita Kanitz
1 year ago
"Be the change you want to see. I will never understand why it is more shameful to be a battered victim than to be a wife-beater. And I will never understand why it is more shameful to be raped than to be a rapist!“
-Anita Kanitz

“They are all innocent until proven guilty. But not me. I am a liar until I am proven honest.”
― Louise O'Neill, Asking For It

“In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens.”
― Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

“The guarantee of safety in a battering relationship can never be based upon a promise from the perpetrator, no matter how heartfelt. Rather, it must be based upon the self-protective capability of the victim. Until the victim has developed a detailed and realistic contingency plan and has demonstrated her ability to carry it out, she remains in danger of repeated abuse.”
― Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

You MATTER.
Sexual assault is never okay. Although some survivors may stay silent for years before sharing their stories, the act is in no way shape or form acceptable.
In the past, however, the subject seemed to be overlooked. Many women were subjected to being sexually harassed and assaulted by men who felt as though they were in the right and looking to gain positions of power.

Sadly, years went by with a society that would rather brush things under the rug than face these wrongdoings head-on. Without support, even powerful women fell to the silence that follows a sexual assault.


Famous Survivors of Child Abuse and Child Rape!

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey suffered from sexual abuse as a child in Milwaukee. The talk show host has been vocal about her experience, and she has helped many other victims move past their horrific pasts.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera was emotionally and physically abused by her father growing up. The singer has been estranged from her father for over 10 years.

Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple was the victim of childhood rape. Apple used her pain as inspiration to write some of the heartbreaking songs on her debut album "Tidal."

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was a victim of childhood rape. Angelou used her traumatic childhood as inspiration to write "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Jane Fonda

During a March 2017 interview, Jane Fonda revealed she was raped and sexually abused as a child.
“I’ve been raped, I’ve been sexually abused as a child and I’ve been fired because I wouldn’t sleep with my boss,” she said. “I always thought it was my fault; that I didn’t do or say the right thing.”

Fantasia

"American Idol" alum Fantasia was raped by a classmate when she was in high school.

Anne Heche

"Cedar Rapids" actress Anne Heche was raped by her father from the time the she was a toddler until she was 12. Heche says that he also gave her the STD herpes.

Top 10 Countries With Maximum Rape Crimes:

1. South Africa
With an estimated of 500,000 rape cases every year, the country has one of the highest rate of Rape Crimes in the world. It is estimated that more than 40% of South African women will be raped in their lifetime. The Medical Research Council has estimated that only 1 in 9 rapes are reported. Thus the actual numbers of rapes is much higher than numbers recorded by the police.With the highest reported incident of Rape Crimes, South Africa top the list. The majority of sexual violence is against women, but men and children are also subjected to this crime. According to a report, above 4% of men have been forced to have sex with other men. According to South African Police, children are victims of 41% of all reported Rape Crimes. About 15% of rape victims are children under the age of 11. According to South Africa’s Tears Foundation and the Medical Research Council, 50% of South Africa’s children will be abused before the age of 18. Another source states that there were 24,892 rapes and attempted rapes of children under the age of 18. (Sexual violence in South Africa).

2. Sweden
Sweden now has the second highest number of rapes in the world, after South Africa, which at 53.2 per 100,000. Statistics now suggest that 1 out of every 4 Swedish women comes out to be the victim of rape. If you look at the number of rapes, however, the increase is even worse. In 1975, there were only 421 rapes reported to the police – in 2014, it was 6,620. That is an increase of 1,472%. It would seem Sweden is a much more dangerous place for women in the world.

In addition, Sweden has the highest rate of rape in Europe. In 2013, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå), there were 63 rape cases per 100,000 population reported to the Swedish police.

According to rape crisis advocates in Sweden, 1 out of 3 Swedish women have been sexually assaulted by the time they leave their teens. During the first half of 2013, more than 1,000 Swedish women reported being raped by Muslim immigrants in the Stockholm; over 300 of those were under the age of 15.

3. USA
According to George Mason University, Worldwide Sexual Assault Statistics, 1 in 3 American women will be sexually abused during their lifetime. About 19.3% of women and 2% of men have been raped at least once in their lives. Additionally, an estimated 43.9% of women and 23.4% of men experienced other forms of sexual violence during their lifetimes. Many victims of sexual abuse were victimized at a young age, about 79% were first raped before age 25, and 40% before age 18. (usatoday).

According to RAIIN, Every 107 seconds, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. There is an average of 293,000 victims (age 12 or older) of sexual assault each year. 68% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police. 98% of rapists will never spend a day in jail.
Rape And Sexual Assault Among College-Age:

An average (65,668+ & 2,866+) college-age women and men experienced a rape sexual assault annually. More than a quarter of college-age women report having experienced a rape or rape attempt since age 14. Out of all, only 16% of the total cases are reported. Females ages 18 to 24 had higher rates of rape and sexual assault than females in other age groups. Rate of rape crime is 1.2 times higher for nonstudents than students. Female students were more likely to experience rape or sexual assault victimization away from home, while nonstudents were more likely to be at home. Among females living in rural areas, the rate of rape and sexual assault victimization was almost 2 times higher for non-students. (Bureau of Justice Statistics).
Rape Crimes in Prisons in the USA;

According to The Department for Justice, more men are raped in the U.S. than woman in prisons – 216,000 prisoners are raped per year in the U.S. According to the latest National Inmate Survey, 4% of prisoners, 3.2% of people in jail and 9.5% of those in juvenile detention said they had been the victim of sexual abuse. Almost 7% of women said they had been sexually abused by a fellow inmate, while more men said they had been assaulted by staff.

4. England and Wales
Rape in the United Kingdom is not a gender neutral offense. It is an offense that can only be committed by a male against a person. Also the UK has not to date followed the trend in many countries of classifying acts other than penetration with a penis (e.g. penetration with an object, finger) as rape. (Rape statistics United Kingdom).

According to a report entitled “An Overview of Sexual Offending in England and Wales”, released in 2013, by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Home Office; Approximately 85,000 victims of rape per year in England and Wales – 73,000 females and 12,000 males, equating to about 230 cases every day. The report stated that 1 in every 5 women has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16. See the full report, a summary and/or the data tables here.

According to the BBC reports, the number of rapes reported to and recorded by police is at its highest ever level, increase by 29 percent as overall crime falls in England and Wales.

According to a study by the NSPCC on young people (aged between 13–18), a third of girls and 16 percent of boys have experienced sexual violence and that as many as 250,000 teenage girls are suffering from abuse at any one time. 12 percent of boys and 3 percent of girls reported committing sexual violence against their partners.

5. India
Rape and Sexual violence is a massive problem in India. According to the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), crimes against women have increased by 7.5% since 2010. The number of reported rapes in India, a country of over 1.2 billion people, has gone up to 33,707 in 2013 from 24,923 in 2012. The majority of rape victims are between 18 years and 30 years. About one out of three victims is below 18, and one in ten rape victims is under 14. In India, a woman is being raped after every 20 minutes.

See also; Hindu Swamis and their Scandals.

As per 2013 statistics, New Delhi has the highest number of reported rape cases among Indian cities. Last year, on average four rape cases were reported in the city. In number of total rape cases, New Dehli (1,636) was followed by Mumbai (391), Jaipur (192) and Pune (171). Madhya Pradesh is the highest among all other states with an average records 11 rapes every day. Madhya Pradesh (4,335 cases) was followed by Rajasthan (3,285 cases), Maharashtra (3,063 cases) and Uttar Pradesh (3,050 rape cases).

In addition, 93 women are being raped in the country every day. The majority of the offenders are known to the victims – 31,807 (94%) were familiar to the accused, which includes neighbours (10782), other known persons (18171), relatives (2315) and parents (539). (timesofindia).

Most rapes go unreported in India and the rest of the world. According to Madiha Kark, an estimated 54% of rape crimes are unreported, while Mihir Srivastava estimates 90% of rapes go unreported in India.

6. New Zealand
In 2013, The Roast Busters scandal exposed the truth about rape in New Zealand. A group of young men from West Auckland, calling themselves “Roast Busters”, who allegedly sought to intoxicate underage girls to gang rape them.

According to a report by British medical journal The Lancet sexual assault rate in New Zealand is far higher than the world average. It placed the country at the third highest rate with 16.4 % of its female population, alongside Australia.

According to the Minister of Justice Publication Report; Every two hours an attack involving sexual violence is happening in New Zealand. Statistics now suggest that 1 out of 3 girls and one out of six boys are likely to be sexually abused before the age of 16.

Sexual assaults rose 15% in a year, and at schools the number doubled. Only 9 percent of sexual offences are reported (registered by police) in New Zealand. Of all the reported cases, only 13% end in a conviction. 91 % of the rapes either go unreported, or the victims are intimidated by the police to drop complaints. (New Zeeland Herald).

7. Canada
Among all violent crimes reported to police, sexual assault showed a rapid increase in reported rates in Canada. According to huffingtonpost, there are 460,000 sexual assaults in the country every year. Its said that 33 out of every 1,000 sexual assault cases are reported to the police, and 29 are recorded as a crime.

One out of 4 North American women has to face the torture of rape during their lifetime. 11% of women have physical injury resulting this torture. According to the statistics, only 6% of incidents are reported to the police. Over 80% of victims are women, maximum incidents occur in the home and 80% of assailants are friends and family of the victim. The most disturbing fact is that 83% of disabled women will be sexual assaulted during their lifetime. About all sexual assault victims, 17% are girls and 15% are boys under 16.

8. Australia
In Australia the reported rape rate per 100,000 people is relatively high. During the last year, an estimated 51,200 Australians aged 18 years and over were a victim of sexual assault. Almost a third (30%) of victims of sexual assault had the most recent incident they experienced reported to the police.

According to news.com, 1 out of 6 Australian women has to face the torture of rape by a non-partner, compared to one in 14 women around the world. It said that Australian women aged over 15 are victims of rape. Australia (with New Zealand in the research) came third in the worldwide study with 16.4 % of women reporting being raped by someone other than a partner.

Karen Willis, the NSW Rape Crisis Centre executive officer, says more than 70 % of these sexual assaults are carried out by family members, friends, work or school colleagues. A further 29 % of rapes are perpetrated by someone the woman meets socially or occur on a date. Just 1% of rapes are committed by strangers, she said.

9. Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is at 9th position with maximum rape crimes. At least one woman is raped every 90 minutes in Zimbabwe. According to the latest statistics by Zimbabwe National Statistics (ZimStat), 500 women were sexually abused monthly – about 16 women being raped daily.

A total of 1524 cases were reported during the first 3 months of the year, up from 1285 recorded in the same period last year. Of these reported case, 780 are children (ages from 11 to 16 years) while 276 were children aged between 5 and 10 years. However, there are fears that the number could be higher as some cases go unreported.

According to UNICEF, Child rape up 42 percent in Zimbabwe. It said the number of cases of rape of minors reported to police surged from 2,192 in 2010 to 3,112 in 2014. Many other cases likely went unreported in a climate of secrecy and denial.

10. Denmark and Finland
One out of three women in Europe have suffered some form of physical or sexual assault and 5% have been raped.

According to a 2014 study published by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, approximately 47% of women surveyed in Finland were said to have suffered physical and/or sexual abuse; And 52 % of women in Denmark were said to have suffered physical and/or sexual abuse. Finland was one of the last countries in the EU to criminalize marital rape, making it illegal in 1994.

More than 1 in 10 of the women interviewed indicated that they experienced some form of sexual violence by an adult before they were 15 years old. One out of 10 had experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 15, one in 20 had been raped. And over 1 out of 5 had experienced physical and/or sexual violence from either a current or previous partner. Only 13 % of women reported their most serious incident to the police.

Cruel domestic murder cases:

In memory of the two women, I have well known, which were brutal and barbaric killed by their partners with knives in 2016 and 2018.Two women I knew well, an ex-colleague and a female neighbor with two children, 9 and 12 years old, were brutally slaughtered with a knife, one from the ex-boyfriend, the other from her husband. Domestic violence is not as harmless as many think and often ends fatally. Especially as in these cases, when the women wanted to separate from their partners and death threats were not taken seriously by the environment. In one case, the old mother found the mutilated blood-spattered corpse of the woman, in the other case the completely horrified children. This must finally come to an end, so this violence can not go on.


Germany, December 2016, burned alive by husband:
A 41-year-old man had been detained on suspicion of murder, after he is believed to have set fire to his wife on a street in the northern town of Kiel.

“We think it's clear in this case that malevolence and brutality, both requisites for a murder charge, exist,” said state prosecutor Axel Bieler.

Ambulance crews took the severely burned woman to hospital on a December morning after pedestrians found her on a street on the outskirts of Kiel. She was taken to a specialist clinic shortly afterwards, but later died from her injuries.
Soon after, her 41-year-old husband was arrested.

The man and woman, both originally from Togo, had lived in Germany for around 20 years with permit residency status, police report.

Authorities added that they believe the motive for the crime was a relationship dispute between the husband and wife, who lived separately from one another.

The Kieler Nachrichten reports that he man poured fuel over his wife before setting her alight. Police sources told the newspaper that a “fire accelerant” had been used.

The paper also spoke to witnesses who said that the woman ran down the street away from the suspect as flames rose from her body. Several people attempted to put out the fire, but struggled to do so.

The suspect's trousers also reportedly caught alight. But he was able to put out the flames before fleeing into a nearby industrial area.

Police say they are questioning several witnesses in order to establish the course of events.

India, May 2018, burned alive by husband and In-Laws:

Woman Burnt Alive By Husband And In-Laws, The Reason Shocks You!

Back in 2004, there were many dowry atrocities on women. In-laws and husband used to harass woman both mentally and physically for dowry. After several thousands of woman deaths, the law became very strict.

Seems, history is repeating.

Three years after her marriage, a 23-year-old woman was allegedly burnt to death by her husband and in-laws in Bengal's West Midnapore district allegedly as she failed to bring more dowry and she had dark complexion skin.

Dowry Harassment!
Shrabani Maity, who was from Chakmokrampur in Kharagpur, was admitted at Midnapore Medical College & Hospital, where she breathed her last in May.

Police arrested Saurabh Maity, the deceased woman's husband, and mother-in-law Sumitra Maity who belongs to Chakmakrampur village in Kharagpur area after Shrabani's death based on her father's complaint.

"Her family members are alleging that she was burnt alive because of her dark complexion. The investigation is still on and we are trying to find out whether she was actually killed because of her skin color or not," Kharagpur ASP Y Raghubanshi said.
Shrabani had given birth to a girl child in March this year and cops said they are trying to find out whether this was the reason behind her killing.
"My sister was tortured by husband and her in-laws who demanded more dowry for the last three years after her marriage. We had given a substantial amount of dowry but their demands continued. They demanded more money," claimed her elder brother Sushanta Bera. Shrabani had a one and half-year-old child.

Shrabani's father Nitai Bera allegedly claimed that her in-laws poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. "We have filed a complaint with police," Sushanta Bera, the woman's brother added.

"We have started investigations into the matter and arrested two persons," said Superintendent of Police (West Midnapore) Alok Rajoria.

Demanded Dowry To Compensate For Her Complexion!The incident has sent shock waves in her locality as her neighbors demanded stern action against her in-laws and husband.

"It was an arranged marriage and initially everything was all right. But after a few months, they started beating her up over trivial issues. They also demanded dowry to compensate for her complexion," said the victim's father, Netai.

"Yesterday (on Monday) afternoon we got the news of her death from the neighbors. We rushed to the hospital to see her lying there with burn injuries all over her body. Kerosene had been poured over her. We want stern action against her in-laws and husband. They killed my daughter brutally," he added.Seems, her husband started disliking her skin color after "three years of marriage". Didn't he see the skin color at the time of marriage?

So, this guy realized her skin color after three years and after having baby. People are not fools to believe this. Dowry laws are very strict and once there is proof, no one can save them. Saying about skin color is one good trick to escape from the law.

However, there are some idiotic women who are misusing this law and filing false cases on their in-laws. And the real needy ones are suffering a lot.

Guys, what is your reaction towards this? What do you think of the real reason, skin color or dowry or giving birth to a female infant? Share us in the comments. Dowry harassments are growing these days very rapidly. This guy killed his wife after 10 days of marriage.

"Her family members are alleging that she was burnt alive because of her dark complexion. The investigation is still on and we are trying to find out whether she was actually killed because of her skin color or not," Kharagpur ASP Y Raghubanshi said.

"My sister was tortured by husband and her in-laws who demanded more dowry for the last three years after her marriage. We had given a substantial amount of dowry but their demands continued. They demanded more money," claimed her elder brother Sushanta Bera. Shrabani had a one and half-year-old child.

"It was an arranged marriage and initially everything was all right. But after a few months, they started beating her up over trivial issues. They also demanded dowry to compensate for her complexion," said the victim's father, Netai.

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Anne Davies
2 years ago
I'm a big supporter of Indigenous causes and loathe the way when community Aboriginal property becomes valuable, it is usually sold off by governments for profit. This is all Aboriginal land, so have some respect.

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Andrew Woods
2 years ago
Important asset and location.

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donna abdulla
2 years ago
We need to keep these assets selling for redevelopment would not be in our best interest ever these property values will rise in the future and continue to so selling should never ever be an option

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lisa anderson
2 years ago
I believe it would benefit the aboriginal community if this building was left and used to support aboriginals in need

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janine matheson
2 years ago
Any place that helps women and children escape domestic violence should be retained and enhanced. Australians need to stop sacrificing the needs of the poorer members of our society for the wants of the wealthy.

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Nicola Chynoweth
2 years ago
This site has been an amazing refuge for women and children for many years.it is a travesty to sell the site as it is vitally important that it stay in Aboriginal community control.

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Heather Dutney
2 years ago
Because this is important

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riki copley
2 years ago
I am an indigenous australian and lets keep it for helping domestic violence victims . Not feathering the nest of the government !

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Kate Rush
2 years ago
This is a clear need for Aborignal controlled housing and support services like this.