Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

AC­CORD­ING to a na­tional survey by VicHealth, one in five Aus­tralians agrees that a woman is partly re­spon­si­ble for rape if she is in­tox­i­cated. And one in six support the no­tion that women say ‘no’ when they mean ‘yes’. “A cul­ture that ex­cuses rape and vi­o­lence is one that al­lows it to hap­pen,” VicHealth chief ex­ec­u­tive Jer­ril Rechter said. De­spite those shock­ing statis­tics, some good news did come out of the survey: 98 per cent of those sur­veyed said they would in­ter­vene if a woman they knew was the tar­get of vi­o­lence. More peo­ple un­der­stood that vi­o­lence was more than a bruised eye. Ms Rechter said per­haps most wor­ry­ing for VicHealth, which had worked to pre­vent vi­o­lence against women for almost a decade, was that 64 per cent of peo­ple sur­veyed said vi­o­lence was caused by men un­able to con­trol their anger. You can ac­cess a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence helpline on 1800 007 339 for women and 1800 000 599 for men. Su­sanne Reilly

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