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Study into violence against women shows shocking extent of victim blaming in Australia and must be acted upon

Media Release
Larissa Waters 17 Sep 2014

The findings of the latest National Community Attitudes Survey on Violence against women are shameful and must be acted upon, say the Australian Greens.

“It’s shocking and revolting that one in five people believe that if a woman is drunk or drug-affected that she is partially responsible if she is raped,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said.

“Victim blaming and excuses for perpetrators should not be tolerated in Australian society and these attitudes stymie efforts to eradicate violence against women.

“It’s simple – nobody deserves in any way to be raped or attacked. The blame lies with the attackers and the rapists.

“The Greens have initiated a Senate Inquiry into domestic violence and the submission of the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children (Our Watch) has called on the government to expand the regularity and scope of this survey.

“The Greens support that recommendation – we need a break down of these attitudes so that we can best target education programs to ensure that every Australian can develop a shared understanding that no woman ever deserves violence or rape.

“We also call on the Abbott Government to drastically increase funding for primary prevention and services for victims, with the goal of eliminating the scourge of violence against women and their children,” Senator Waters said.

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