For some time now I have been in possession of an article that I ripped out and kept from my only weekly magazine purchase, Who, back in February of this year. I don’t normally do this but I was so saddened to read the story, “Simon Gittany Murder Trial. Deadly Obsession” that I felt I had to keep the article as a reminder of what is occurring on a daily basis to women all over Australia.
This is Kirstin Whalen’s story.
[Trigger Warning: Rape]
The reason that the following is more confession than affirmation is, allegedly, common sense. Let me clarify: I was raped. I didn’t talk about it. I was drunk. I was wearing a short skirt. And I was horribly, horribly ashamed.
Words by Michael Roddan for The Citizen.
[Trigger Warning: Domestic violence]
Every week in Australia, a woman is killed by her partner or a previous partner. In fact, intimate partner violence is the top ranking cause of preventable and premature death among women aged 15 to 44. Violence is more likely to kill a woman than smoking and obesity combined, or illicit drugs and alcohol abuse.