I have been reading the Age for the past half an hour and a bit and amongst the stories presented online there are a few that cut me quite deeply.
Firstly, there is the story about the 85 year old woman who was raped in broad daylight in Southern Cross Station by a 65 year old man. This guy is an absolute pig who deserves a shitload more than he will get which I gather will be a few years in jail. I am glad his wife has left him and his kids have disowned him as he is a fucking animal and deserves everything he gets in my very humble opinion. http://www.theage.com.au/national/85yo-woman-raped-in-toilet-for-a-thrill-20110729-1i3c0.html
Then there is the story of the woman who was indecently assaulted in Clifton Hill this morning. That could have turned out a lot worse but luckily neighbours intervened and thus the woman was given help quickly and the attacker fled. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/woman-indecently-assaulted-in-clifton-hill-20110729-1i3qo.html
Also as part of this story is an update on the attack on a woman in Brunswick in the early morning where the woman was cut and had her bag stolen. Police are still chasing him and I really hope they find the prick.
Then there is the Andrew Lovett case which whilst is now wound up with him being acquitted was a bloody shit-fight. His lawyer needs a good crack around the head for asking questions of the victim in regards to what she was wearing and the possibility that she had it coming because she was dressed slutty on the night in question during the trial. What the fuck? http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/how-could-you-bring-the-club-down-like-this-20110729-1i2yr.html
Haven’t men learnt yet that women should be able to wear whatever they bloody well want and be safe from harm…in fact they should be able to parade around naked if they want and not be hassled in any manner but that is just silly (sorry, I got a little carried away there).
We really have a very long way to go until we have a society where women are the equals of men and can wear whatever they damn well want whether that be low cut or revealing and be safe and content walking the streets.
Has anyone else noted that there pretty much isn’t a day that goes by these days where a story about an assault or a rape or something along those lines is present in the papers and I wonder why women aren’t banding together more over these issues?
Men need to be put on notice that this sort of behaviour isn’t at all acceptable and has no place in a modern society.
I therefore ask all women who are reading this blog to talk with their friends about the state of society in regards to far too many reports of harm coming in full bloody stop (and hey, this is really only the tip of the iceberg. I am sure there are many, many other reports that aren’t considered “news-worthy”).
Women seem to just endure and give men another chance when really they need to put their collective heads together and come up with a plan that moves things forward and which might see men generally speaking evolve a little.
The law is one method of putting a halt to this sort of stuff but jail in my humble opinion isn’t really a fix for this sort of problem. Yeah it gets the offender off the streets but really does he or in the minority she come out of jail genuinely sorry for what they have done and thus quickly make amends for their behaviour. I would argue that isn’t the case and that jail isn’t really a solution. It has potential to be a solution but that is going to take real investment from society and belief amongst all that the people who have done wrong can be rehabilitated completely and thus can come out of jail and resume a normal life and remain free of crime for the rest of their lives.
A little disclaimer: I have my issues with women as any reader of this blog will attest but those come to a dramatic halt when issues such as assault and rape and sexual harassment come into the picture. I also wish it known that I too am a red blooded male who pervs at women and thinks sexual thoughts about them but I would never take action on these thoughts. I respect women and love them full stop.
In completing this rant I want to say that I still wholeheartedly believe in better sexual education which teaches respect for all humans male or female and which hammers home at a young age that behaviour such as that mentioned above will not be tolerated in the slightest.
And it must be done in schools because parents all have different opinions in regards to sex and cannot be relied upon to teach their kids well about this sort of stuff.
Anyway, Clyde is now off the soapbox now but could return as he is a bit angry at the moment soon so watch this space.