Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Gendered Violence Will Not End Unless We All Take a Stance

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Gendered Violence Will Not End Unless We All Take a Stance

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Twenty-three Australian women are believed to have died as a result of male violence since the start of 2016. In the same time three Australian men are believed to have died at the hands of women. Writer and Brisbane anti-domestic violence advocate JAS RAWLINSON says it's time for all of us to end gendered violence.

AS we walked through a peaceful rainforest at the weekend, my husband and I reflected on the beauty and serenity around us.

"Wouldn't it be awesome to live near here and do an early morning run every day before work?" my husband said.

"Yeah definitely," I mused before adding, "but if I was by myself, I probably wouldn't."

It makes me sad that, as a woman, I constantly modify my life to try and ensure my safety at all times in all situations - lest I be attacked and then blamed for "not being more careful".

Most women admit to modifying their walking routes, their clothing, their exercise routines.

They concede they have their car keys at hand in case of attack, they do not listen to music while walking. They take all types of precautionary actions so they hopefully don't get raped or murdered.

But what good does it do?

Women are raped and murdered during the day, at night and most often in their own homes by someone they know.

And it sucks. It sucks that our lives, our adventures and daily routines are limited by the fear that we may be raped, murdered or abused.

Even though men can be victims of domestic abuse and random acts of violence, rarely do they worry for their safety. Rarely are they murdered by women.

Australia, let's be honest - we have terrorists in our country and they are ordinary men who have no problems with killing and maiming women and children.

Since the start of this year, 23 Australian women are believed to have lost their lives to violence and only two of the alleged killers were female. …

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