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

bystander intervention · community education · Sexual Assault

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

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?

Prevention · Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) occurs annually in the month of April; SAAM was established to raise awareness about sexual assault, and to educate and support communities on how they are able to effect change, and so contribute to the prevention of sexual assault in their community. The initiative began in the late 1980s in… Continue reading Sexual Assault Awareness Month