Trauma, secondary trauma and justice

According to Merriam-Webster: Trauma is the Greek word for ‘wound’. Although the Greeks used the term only for physical injuries, nowadays trauma is just as likely to refer to emotional wounds. We now know that a traumatic event can leave psychological symptoms long after any physical injuries have healed. The psychological reaction to emotional trauma now has an established name: post-traumatic Read More

Guest post: I was sexually assaulted

Crime Muse is all about breaking down the myths, misunderstandings and prejudices that surround crime and justice. Rather than just cite research and how it translates into practice, Crime Muse hopes to also share the stories and reflections of people who have experienced crime and faced issues in accessing justice. It is these truths that will Read More

Surviving your feminist research project

The following post is based on The Research Whisperer’s abridged version of Meagan Tyler’s contribution to the Feminist Forum series in Melbourne which included a session on ‘How to Survive Your Feminist Research Project’. Most of my colleagues don’t know what it’s like to expect resistance every time they present their work. I recently found out Read More

#PressforProgress on #IWD2018

Today, on International Women’s Day, the Crime Muse Facebook page was launched! Crime Muse aims to explore how we can better advocate for change, persuade others of the truth and use tools like social media to change the conversation about criminal and social justice. Crime Muse hopes to inspire others to promote evidence-based criminal justice Read More

1 in ten French women have been raped.

Today it was reported that more than one in ten French women have been raped at least once. This is based on a study on sexual violence by Fondation Jean Jaures think tank published on Friday 23 February using data from an online poll of 2,167 women over 18, carried out by Ifop Polling Institute Read More

Nasty women everywhere: Only ‘nasty’ women experience ‘revenge porn’, right?

The truth is not ‘nasty women experience revenge porn’ but rather, ‘nasty men perpetrate revenge porn’. I found this post I wrote that was published on 9 January 2017 on #Nasty Women Everywhere    In early 2016, I gave evidence to a Parliamentary Committee on ‘revenge porn’. One politician said he understood that intimate photos Read More

McLachlan? No relation.

I had an interesting chat yesterday with a tradie about ‘poor Craig McLachlan’ in light of current sexual harassment and assault allegations. Check out: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/hes-calculated-and-manipulative-a-predator-craig-mclachlan-accused-of-indecent-assault-20180107-h0enst for the details. The tradie’s view was that it’s all too easy to get on the allegation band-wagon and that police take this all far more seriously compared with ‘real Read More