For the first time in my life I have filed a formal complaint with the Australian Press Council. The issue isn’t unflattering press or even a false claim. As a somewhat public figure over the years I’ve had plenty of good and bad press, and well, even some of the nasty criticism has surely been […]
In 2014 I was contacted by one of my long-standing crime research contacts. He explained that he is currently stationed at Manus Island, and that the information being made public about the violence that took place there was not correct. I came forward with this information at his request, once I was able to fully verify his account.
My 11th book and 2nd work of non-fiction, Speaking Out: A 21st Century Handbook for Women and Girls is officially out today. Why Speaking Out? Why a handbook? And why now? This book arose partly from the shocking statistic that worldwide fewer than 1 in 4 people we hear from or about in the media is female…
This abuse, it must be stressed, is not a matter of free speech. It is a matter of public safety and law. Threats of death, rape or other physical harm are illegal online, just as they are offline. Likewise, it is against the law to encourage a person to harm themselves.
By keeping these discussions taboo, we rob people of the basic support and understanding necessary to deal with their loss. By keeping these discussions taboo, we force women and families to suffer in silence.
On Friday I was honoured to be the recipient of an Edna Ryan award for making a significant contribution to feminist debate across a number of issues, for speaking out for women and children including those in war zones and in poor and developing societies and inspiring others to challenge the status quo.