WHAT ABOUT US? Historic Incest while Govt 'Institutions' - knew, looked away, aided access
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My name is Tracy. I display these ‘telling’ childhood photos of me because despite me (& other historic victims) 'SCREAMING' out for recognition for many decades to teachers, the police, the Family Court and more, I, like most incest victims, still live under a cloak of invisibility. For incest victims, SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL, is still very much the case. ‘Perhaps it's because however devastating sexual molestation by a trusted figure is, it is still more palatable than the thought of being raped by one's own flesh and blood.’ (Lynn Latham). In the wake of social change, a Royal Commission and the ‘Me Too Movement,’ our historic 'wrongs' of molestation and suffering still remain in the hushed, shadowy corners of insignificance.
Today, I am dealt the final injustice!
-20 charges (against my paternal Father)
-a jury court trial set down
- another victim
Yet, for the second time (1998, disinterested investigation - case dropped!), my (now aged), childhood sex offending Father is released to see out the rest of his life unhindered, because a psycho analysis has deemed him ‘unfit to stand trial.’ Under the Criminal Law Act, people found unfit to stand trial are to be released unconditionally based on the perpetrator’s declining age, supposed state of health and his ‘unlikeliness to re-offend.’ That’s right! No punishment whatsoever for using and abusing not only me, but other children. For destructively impacting our lives, throughout life he is given NO penalty, and we, the victims are violated again!!
And if that's not enough, here's one more kicker. My offender isn't so unfit that he can't drive a car!! Yes, that's right .....he still has his licence!!
Legislation must change now!! We the victims of incest must be heard & seen. No longer swept under a timeworn carpet like a piece of filth.
We were also 'children,' defenseless, vulnerable, sexually abused CHILDREN!! Yet, there are NO campaigns, NO media, NO public outrage, NO Redress Schemes and NO Royal Commissions. As a result, we, the victims of this horrific violation, 'still' have NO VOICE, and receive NO JUSTICE!
Yes, we were children endangered to nefarious family members, but we were also under the ‘safe-guarding’ and Governance of establishments (Government), whom were financed & legislated to protect, defend, and ensure child safety. Institutions such as the police, the education system, the medical profession and the Family Court (to name a few). We are the children who were also persistently NOT believed and ordered to shut up regardless of outright notifications & blaring warning signs of abuse and neglect. Nevertheless, crimes against us, continue to be exacerbated, with such flagrant inaction, such deathly silence, I have often wondered if my destructive, life effected abuse, was actually deemed by society and the Government, as ‘reasonably acceptable.’
The Royal Commission exposed flawed and horrendously 'damaging thinking' of the past. But as recognized, it was not a 'thinking' simply confined to the clergy. It was a culture of thinking in the community, a systemic thinking which is now proven to have ruined so many lives and they cannot un-ring that bell!
The ‘INCONVENIENT TRUTH’
As detailed in the Royal Commission, molested children in the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s & even 80’s, were treated as LIARS. We lived in a time whereby establishments (including Government) prioritized adult’s authority over children while at the same time demanded an unquestioning obedience. At that time, the mainstream institutions were much more concerned about public relations and maintaining dictatorial control, as opposed to ensuring the well-being of an individual child. Example: In the 1970's, the Family Court categorically refused children (me) the right to voice being excused from access visits. In my case, I was further punished when the Court not only enforced mandatory visitation with my child-molesting Father, but also applied the added punishment of reducing my starving family’s much needed maintenance payments if I did not go! By this stage of my life, teachers in primary and high school had been disclosed to, the medical profession recognized the signs of abuse (a sexual disease in a child cannot be misinterpreted), and police were alerted, yet ALL did NOTHING and the abuse increased! The bottom line is, many funded protective agencies didn’t WANT to address the facts or face the hard REALITY of what children were bringing to them. Not believing the child was so much simpler. But this inaction not only gave the green light of impunity to the offender, but further traumatized children like me because we were so cruelly devalued and dishonored.
The CONVENIENT SUBTERFUGE. ‘Incest victims don’t speak up,’ is a well utilized 'convenient' catch-cry. Personally, I've heard it over & over in the Community Services Sector, working with Homeless, Domestic Violence, substance abuse, disabilities and aged care, but this 'suitable' belief, based on anecdotal evidence & limited research, does little more than help justify a severe lack of responsiveness by authorities who, despite our abuse occurring 30, 40 & 50 years ago, were nonetheless accountable for protecting us. I can definitely attest to victims feeling embarrassment & shame attributing to their resistance for telling people, however, this well used assertion, seemingly cast in stone, implies NO-ONE knew because we ALL supposedly kept silent about it. The unabashed truth is, we DID speak up, verbally, physically, psychologically and with other blaring indicators, but NO-ONE in authority wanted to SEE or LISTEN. The impact of our abuse, the dispossession, and the wrongful omission by authorities in our developing years, set the bar for our future lives. Essentially, we were violated by the most entrusted, our family members, but were again violated by relevant authorities who didn’t believe us and certainly didn’t act.
Based on this alone, we, the victims of historic incest of the 1950's - 1980's deserve a 'broad-based, untainted PUBLIC INQUIRY to address the violations we have and still experience from the blind-eye, failure-to-act culture that was rife across multiple Government institutions during that time and the cruel, inequitable legislation we endure today. .
If you are one of the many family historically abused, or wish to support us in having our voices heard for the right to fairer dealings in the courts, the right to a PUBLIC INQUIRY, the right to seek redress and the right for the TRUTH please.
Please SIGN this PETITION on CHANGE.ORG and/or for the many victims who are now midde aged, aged or disadvantaged and need ADVOCACY,
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