We need to talk about Sexual Assault
Last week, Federal Parliament once again found itself embroiled in allegations of sexual assault. Brittany Higgins’s brave and heart-breaking revelations about the abuse she suffered at work as a parliamentary staffer has again shone a light on the issue of sexual violence, abuse of power, and the lack of care and protection that so many women face in workplaces everywhere.
In today’s episode, Francis and Sally tackle the issue head-on. We’ll hear the real-life experiences of several women who tell their stories about sexual harassment at work. Warning – some of the details revealed may be difficult listening for some listeners.
They are joined by Professor Catharine Lumby, one of Australia’s leading thinkers on the issue of gender equality, power, respectful relationships, and cultural change within communities and institutions.
Grace Dowling is an activist with the hospitality union Hospo Voice, and she will talk to Francis and Sally about their grassroots campaign to make workplaces safer for women in the industry.
If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual abuse or family violence contact:
National Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Counselling Service 24-hour helpline 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732
24-hour Emergency Accommodation helpline on 1800 800 588
Safe At Home helpline on 1800 633 937
SHE (free and confidential counseling and support) on 6278 9090
Sexual Assault Support Services on 6231 1811, or after hours 6231 1817
Family Violence Crisis and Support Service on 1800 608 122
Bravehearts – Sexual Assault Support for Children on 1800 BRAVE 1
Don’t go it alone. Please reach out for help by contacting Lifeline on 13 11 14
Men who have anger, relationship, or parenting issues, should contact the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491 or the Don’t Become That Man helpline on 1300 243 413
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