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How Can They Say No?

Victims of sex crimes appear no different on the surface, which may suggest to onlookers that they are coping, unconsciously they invest time and energy into looking and acting normal in order to hide the shame and guilt they carry. It takes expertise to understand how, and more importantly why, victims do this. Very often they don’t understand themselves. It takes years for them to unravel and come to terms with the complexities of this crime. Sex crimes are deeply personal there is no element of a person’s being left untouched following rape or sexual abuse. These crimes need a specialised approach and if judges understood they are dealing with a damaged life and all its intricacies they will realise they have an obligation to accept any help they are offered.

What are the likely outcomes if Judges remain unaccountable?

It takes years for them to unravel and come to terms with the complexities of this crime. Sex crimes are deeply personal there is no element of a person’s being left untouched following rape or sexual abuse. These crimes need a specialised approach and if judges understood they are dealing with a damaged life and all its intricacies they will realise they have an obligation to accept any help they are offered.

As long as our society, and especially those that come into contact with victims of abuse, either in a professional capacity or simply as a support, continues to remain ignorant about abuse and its impacts, our children and grandchildren will be having the same conversations in the years to come. We all have a responsibility to not allow this to happen.

Considering so many high profile cases continue to appear in the media, the discomfort around discussing the crime of sexual abuse remains a huge barrier for victims both past and present. Victims of sex crimes are praised for waving their anonymity by the media and our society. This suggests a cultural assumption that this crime should remain private and secret and its victims remain anonymous. Yet secrecy is the biggest contributing factor in allowing abuse to continue. Judges remain inconsistent with their sentencing, and abusers continue to affect more lives. On average molesters will abuse 47 victims in their lifetime. There is a need to understand that abusers/child molesters are not the monsters portrayed by the media, but rather, individuals that live in our communities. Also, it’s important to know that abusers do not retire, therefore how they impact our communities is immeasurable.

With all this in mind, we have to ask the following questions. How can Judges say ‘NO’ to specialised training in sexual assault/abuse cases? Why are they not accountable to communities seeking justice? How can they be so arrogant as to believe they don’t need the help in understanding both the victim and the perpetrator in order to preside over such cases?  Clear examples of the urgent need for Judges to fully understand the impacts of abuse and how it alters an individual’s life forever, along with the need for consistency in sentencing can be seen when Judge Barry White recently stated he was awaiting the outcome of a similar sex crime case for guidance before sentencing the case in front of him, and

How can Judges say ‘NO’ to specialised training in sexual assault/abuse cases? Why are they not accountable to communities seeking justice?

How can they be so arrogant as to believe they don’t need the help in understanding both the victim and the perpetrator in order to preside over such cases?

Clear examples of the urgent need for Judges to fully understand the impacts of abuse and how it alters an individual’s life forever, along with the need for consistency in sentencing can be seen when Judge Barry White recently stated he was awaiting the outcome of a similar sex crime case for guidance before sentencing the case in front of him, and

How can they be so arrogant as to believe they don’t need the help in understanding both the victim and the perpetrator in order to preside over such cases?  Clear examples of the urgent need for Judges to fully understand the impacts of abuse and how it alters an individual’s life forever, along with the need for consistency in sentencing can be seen when Judge Barry White recently stated he was awaiting the outcome of a similar sex crime case for guidance before sentencing the case in front of him, and

Clear examples of the urgent need for Judges to fully understand the impacts of abuse and how it alters an individual’s life forever, along with the need for consistency in sentencing can be seen when Judge Barry White recently stated he was awaiting the outcome of a similar sex crime case for guidance before sentencing the case in front of him, and Mr. Justice Barry White in the recent rape case of a Brazillian women by Thomas Egan said that he did not believe the victim had suffered a “profound psychological effect” and also stated “It strikes me that your victim is more interested in compensation rather than anything else.” No one with any understanding of sexual abuse cases would make this statement.

How can they continue to be unaccountable to the public they are meant to serve? In any other position they would be required to fully understand what they are dealing with. How can they have the audacity to feel free to make such an outlandish public statement? Why are we not all outraged by this behaviour? Why has Mr. Justice Barry White not been removed from ever hearing any similar cases that he clearly has no understanding of? Who are they answerable to? We as the citizens living under this judicial system should be in a position to insist that they undergo training and they should be ashamed that they have not insisted on this training themselves.

 

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