I missed the episode of Downton Abbey when sweet Anna, maid to Lady Mary Crawley was brutally raped by a visiting valet called Mr Green. Audiences were understandably distressed and Downton fans accused the writers of using a sexual assault to ‘spice up’ the show. But I suspect there’s much more to come now that Mr Bates, Anna’s husband knows about the rape and is plotting […]
Archive for March 2014
The news that a group of Australian politicians will spend three weeks in France, Sweden and South Korea studying prostitution law reform is most welcome. ACT Liberal MLAs Giulia Jones and Vicki Dunne will be joined by West Australian state Liberal backbencher Peter Abetz and Victorian Labor state member Christine Campbell.
How do we stop violence against women? This was the topic of a public meeting that I attended last week. The speakers were Trish O’Donohue, the CEO of Women’s Information, Support and Housing in the North, Phil Cleary, the former independent federal MP & anti-violence campaigner, and Sue Bolton, Socialist Alliance councillor for Moreland.