Navigating Sexual Consent at University

Beginning the transition to university can be a time that brings up lots of different emotions – excitement, nervousness, anticipation, even feelings of grief. Going to university can mean lots of things for different people – it can mean leaving home, getting a new start, having more freedom, starting adulthood, making new friends – and… Continue reading Navigating Sexual Consent at University

Child abuse · Historical abuse · Justice · Media · Sexual Assault

Abuse, justice, and the ‘no prior history’ fallacy

On the 21st of August, 2019, George Pell’s convictions were upheld by Victoria’s Court of Appeal. The stigma and shame of experiencing sexual violence often results in the silence of those who have been harmed. We know that, in many cases, sexual assault can take decades to report; if ever reported at all. I had… Continue reading Abuse, justice, and the ‘no prior history’ fallacy


Natters From 1988 to 2018- Celebrating 30 years

NATTERS FROM 1988 TO 2018- Celebrating 30 years A PASSING PARADE OF PERCEPTIONS AND IDIOSYNCRATIC INTERPRETATIONS: From Kalparrin to Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault: Preface: 2018 denotes the 30th anniversary of the establishment of a Centre Against Sexual Assault in Gippsland.  The agency began as Kalparrin Sexual Abuse Centre Inc., incorporated in December 1986; this… Continue reading Natters From 1988 to 2018- Celebrating 30 years

bystander intervention · community education · Sexual Assault

“Why didn’t I see this?” Understanding Bystander Guilt

http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/5446611/former-teacher-jailed-for-child-pornography/ Latrobe Valley Express reported 12 June 2018 in reference to “Former teacher jailed for child pornography”. This piece is not related to the actual crimes referred to above, but more to the potentially extensive impacts of such crimes. Serious and abhorrent crimes such as this by persons in positions of authority and trust, especially… Continue reading “Why didn’t I see this?” Understanding Bystander Guilt

community education · Prevention · respectful relationships · schools · Sexual Assault · sexual harassment · sexual health · young people

The best way to protect your kids from sexual assault

Words by: Nelly Thomas http://www.nellythomas.com Health Ambassador: Jeans Hailes for Women’s Health   I am a comedian. I have no business whatsoever talking to you about sexual assault. However, a strange thing happened to me over a decade ago – the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne asked me to help them with their sex-ed program… Continue reading The best way to protect your kids from sexual assault

MDC · Sexual Assault


In case you missed it, Victoria Police recently posted on their Facebook page, bringing to light the wonderful work that occurs across the state of Victoria through the Multidisciplinary Centres. We are so proud that our beautiful office space here in Morwell was used to showcase this work. “Believe it or not, this is a… Continue reading GIPPSLAND MULTIDISCIPLINARY CENTRE

Indigenous Art · MDC

Peace in Nature Totems

Peace in Nature Totems Totems: In Indigenous culture a totem is a natural object, plant or animal that is inherited by members of a clan or family as their spiritual emblem. Totems define people’s roles and responsibilities, and their relationships with each other and their creation. (Reference: http://www.riverina-e-schools.nsw.ed.au)   This extraordinary and unique gallery of art… Continue reading Peace in Nature Totems

Sexual Assault

‘Stealthing’ – is it sexual assault?

Imagine… You go through a travel agent to book yourself a little getaway. You discuss what you’d like to do, and where you’d like to go, and take out travel insurance. Sometime during your trip- that you happen to be really enjoying- you find out your travel agent didn’t organise your travel insurance, as promised.… Continue reading ‘Stealthing’ – is it sexual assault?