Turnbull’s actions should carry a trigger warning for all women who have survived sexual violence

17 Oct

Audre Lorde Two

 

At a time when we are struggling in this country with the death of two women every week from male-perpetrated domestic violence, and the physical, emotional and psychological injury of thousands more women. At a time when we are struggling with the lifelong scarring of children who witness this violence.

At a time when we are struggling in this country with the sexual abuse of children by men who have authority over them, both historical and current, children whose lives are ruined by predatory males in positions of power.

At a time in this country when we are only beginning to truthfully acknowledge the criminal damage done to women and children by men who abuse and torture and murder us.

At this time, our new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his robotic axeman Immigration Minister Peter Dutton (who used to work as a copper investigating sex crimes, yes, think about that) choose as their scapegoat and human sacrifice to the racist subhumans who comprise the demographic that keeps them in power, a raped and pregnant S0mali refugee.

There will hardly be a woman amongst us today who has survived sexual assault, domestic violence, and childhood sexual abuse whose trauma will not be triggered by the treatment of Abyan by Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton.

We will flashback to the times when we cried out into a vast silence for someone to help us, and for most of us, nobody listened.

We will flashback to the terror, the helplessness, the powerless we experienced when a man more powerful than us exercised his privilege and presumed entitlement over our bodies, minds and spirits.

We will remember our impotence. The sense that nothing about ourselves belongs to us, but has been colonised by a male invader because he can, because he wants to and because he has no appreciation of or care for our humanity.

In their treatment of Abyan, Turnbull and Dutton have triggered the memories and the rage of thousands upon thousands of Australian women who have historical and current experiences of the brutality, contempt and sense of entitlement perpetrating men both feel and act out in their violence towards us.

Turnbull and Dutton have given their tacit support to sexual assault and violence against women by their actions in this matter. They may believe they are acting only against one Somali refugee. But they aren’t. They are acting against every woman who has suffered and survived, and they are acting against every woman and girl who can imagine what it is to be violated by a man, and is yet to be so violated.

When they sacrificed Abyan on the altar of their political ambition, they sacrificed all of us.

Oh, brave new world, that has such vile men in it.

 

 

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19 Responses to “Turnbull’s actions should carry a trigger warning for all women who have survived sexual violence”

  1. kristapet October 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

    SHARE- This anger is warranted – I share it with you. Women will be a force to reckon with when they go to vote -because this government has let women down. Ignore your lack of moral obligation as a government at your peril – any women dying at the hands of domestic violence and abuse lies squarely on Malcolm Turnbull shoulders for lack of leadership and action in this area – NLP paying is lip service to domestic violence – the worse example and forms of public male hypocrisy ever – they just do not get it
    This lack of respect is galling.Perpetuating this vendetta against asylum seekers is a criminal act against them and humanity

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    • Jennifer Wilson October 18, 2015 at 7:06 am #

      Yes. And yes again.

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    • Julia October 18, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

      Yes yes yes.
      Except Turnbull did show leadership … to all those so-called men throughout this country who feel women and girls are theirs to use, abuse then throw away.
      And to those who, like Andrew, whose first, and loudest, reaction is to add to the abuse by denigrating the victim as liars.

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  2. Andrew October 17, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    Except she made it up, there is no evidence whatsoever of rape and she refuses to take police to the place it was suppose to of happened. Its all a ruse to get into Australia, but hey don’t let the truth get in the way of anything, If a woman reports a rape it must be true right, no need for any evidence right? The only people ashamed should be people like you, pretending to know the story.

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    • kristapet October 18, 2015 at 4:28 am #

      And do you know the true story, who gave you a front seat ? What is your evidence to the contrary?- What is your evidence she made it up?
      I have been raped – and what happened from the telling still haunts me – women are getting raped on Nauru, on the way to Nauru and before leaving their country of origin – it has been well documented. In fact I was reacting about the principle of the thing, and the lack of government initiative and support of Domestic violence solutions and strategies
      I am not ashamed I stand by my words and ire – you could ignore it if you do not like it instead of attacking me – I was also supporting this post’s article – I think anger about this issue is justified.You do not have to agree.

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      • Jennifer Wilson October 18, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

        Well said, Kristapet.

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      • FERGOLO11 (@FERGOLO11) October 19, 2015 at 1:14 am #

        women get raped everywhere on the planet – however there is a rape epidemic occuring in the west right now. sweden is the epicentre of rape in the west because sweden has more middle eastern/african ‘refugees’ living there. people coming from places like the country this woman is from are the reason more and more white women are being raped in australia. the more of these people (male and female) you allow into this country the more rapes youre going to get HERE IN THIS COUNTRY

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        • kristapet October 19, 2015 at 3:19 am #

          Bullshit – take your racist prejudices with you and take a flying leap – you have no data or evidence supporting these ridiculous claims and you are just jumping on the bandwagon of nasty.It is just an excuse for you to vent.
          No deal.
          All your statements are generalizations.
          Also- do not speak to me

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        • Jennifer Wilson October 19, 2015 at 8:57 am #

          What a load of rot

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    • Jennifer Wilson October 18, 2015 at 7:04 am #

      Your comment is not evidenced-based.

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      • kristapet October 18, 2015 at 8:13 am #

        I was answering Andrew – are you meaning his answer was not evidenced based?

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        • Jennifer Wilson October 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

          Sorry, Kristapet, my comment was to Andrew, not you. His answer wasn’t evidence based. In fact it was hostile shite.

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    • Anonymous October 18, 2015 at 7:08 am #

      You are an evil coward just like the racist scum bag politicians.

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  3. kristapet October 18, 2015 at 8:15 am #

    Anonymous, who is “You are an evil coward just like the racist scum bag politicians’.?

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  4. kristapet October 18, 2015 at 8:17 am #

    I should have said,”Andrew, do you know the true story, who gave you a front seat ? What is your evidence to the contrary?- What is your evidence she made it up? etc

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  5. Christine Says Hi October 18, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    Women are routinely disbelieved, but very few lie. Let’s believe the woman, and make the men PROVE it didn’t happen just as she said. Why are men so afraid of this?

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Christine Says Hi October 18, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    Turnbull is proving my long held belief that he’s just Abbott in a better suit.

    Liked by 2 people

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