I’m over it.
I’m so fucking over it. And if you’re not over it as well; if you’re not angry about it, you’re not paying attention.
It’s a topic I’ve written about before. A lot, actually. And I’ll keep writing about it, keep speaking about it, and keep being furious about it until somebody listens.
Figures from the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research showed that domestic violence bucked the state-wide decline in all other major offences in December 2013, reaching its highest level in 15 years, according to reports last week.
On average, New South Wales police receive 94 domestic violence assault reports every single day. That’s over three women per hour.
Three women an hour. And much like the issue of sexual assault, the media and public outcry has been practically non-existent.
Once again, I want to know why the fuck we’re not all screaming for harsher sentences, just like we did with the “king hit” or “coward punch”. I want to know where the fuck the wall-to-wall media coverage is. I want to know where the politicians are and why they’re not rushing through new legislation that ensures harsh penalties for perpetrators.
Why are we continuing to fail victims of domestic violence?
All of the statistics tell us that women are predominantly the victims of domestic violence, while men are the primary perpetrators. “King hit” victims, however, a predominantly males.
Do we need to draw the seemingly inevitable conclusion that the reason that domestic violence doesn’t get the same level of outrage is because the victims are women? To me, there doesn’t seem to be an alternative answer.
Australian society simply seems to consider women second-class citizens. Those female victims of domestic violence? They’re not as important as the males who get punched on a night out. They don’t deserve the laws, the attention, or the collective outrage.
Now, it seems that whenever violence against women is mentioned, there will always be men (and some women) who get all up in arms, decrying the author for tarring all men with the same brush. If any of those people are reading this, I would like to say this: you’re getting angry about the wrong fucking thing. Don’t be pissed off because people are pointing out the facts – men are the principal perpetrators of domestic violence against women. Those are the facts. Get angry about that. Get angry that these males are giving you a bad name. And get angry that very little is being said or done about it.
Because if you’re angry that the media, a blogger, or someone on twitter is pointing out the facts, you’re not paying attention to the real goddamn problem. You’re ignoring those three women per hour in New South Wales, and women just like them around the country.
If, like me, you’re over the deafening silence from mainstream media and politicians from all sides of the spectrum, speak up. Contact Prime Minster Tony Abbott (a.k.a the Minister for Women), Senator Michaelia Cash, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, and your local MP here.
If you, or someone you know, is experience domestic violence you can get 24/7 help by contacting 1800Respect via their website or on 1800 737 732.