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One in three campaign launched

The Newcastle Trades Hall Council Report reports...

A new campaign for male victims of family violence was launched on International Men’s Day November 19th. The One in Three campaign is named after the little known fact that up to one in three victims of sexual assault and at least one in three victims of family violence is male.

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Body-in-suitcase mother jailed

A Sydney woman who choked her two-year-old son and stuffed his body in a suitcase has been sentenced to at least 19 years’ jail. Rachel Pfitzner, 28, pleaded guilty to killing Dean Shillingsworth in October 2007. The NSW Supreme Court heard that Pfitzner held the child up by the hood of his jumper until he began to choke, then threw him to the floor. She later wrapped his body in plastic before stuffing it in the suitcase, which she dumped in a duck pond at Ambarvale in Sydney’s south-west. The suitcase was later found by a group of children.

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Jonathan Kay: How did the Ecole Polytechnique anniversary get transformed into a festival of cynical, hyperfeminist propaganda? (Canada)

On July 12, 1995, Serbian forces near Srebrenica began cleansing the local population of Muslims. Like the Nazis who greeted Jews at the concentration camps, the Serb commanders sent their prey off in different directions. Women and children were put on buses, and expelled to the Muslim-majority Bosniak territory up north. But the men, including boys as young as 14, were directed instead to a building described as the “White House.” They never came out. Most were killed with a single bullet to the head, but others were left to die through more gruesome methods. More than 8,000 Bosniaks perished in the Srebrenica massacre, all but a few dozen of them male.

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Barbara Kay: Twenty years after the Montreal Massacre, it’s time to end the moral pogrom against Canadian men (Canada)

In the local high school this week each class got a ten minute seminar on Marc Lepine and violence against women. This is a scandal. The persistent notion that one in three women will be violently assaulted in her lifetime is an egregious lie. Spousal homicides of approximately fifty women killed by men (and about 30 men killed by women) a year in a nation of 35 million people is individually tragic, but statistically meaningless as a social trend. Secondly, in this Soviet-era show trial performance, the school is needlessly frightening girls - while assuring them they are incapable themselves of ever hurting a man, another egregious lie - and shamelessly denigrating boys by virtue of their sex, pretty well assuring them that they are monsters at heart, and need special indoctrination to make sure they don’t all turn out to be Jack the Rippers.

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Breaking taboos about violence

Letter to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The letter from Lesley Laing (December 3) highlights cultural taboos about recognising violence by women. Don Weatherburn correctly pointed out that males are a significant proportion of domestic homicide victims (including intimate partner homicides by women), and any review that ignores this, as proposed by Laing, will be at best incomplete.

Laing's claim that the intent of the review is to “save the lives of women and children” implies children are murdered mostly by men in domestic situations. Australian Institute of Criminology data shows mothers are twice as likely as fathers to kill a child.

If the review is indeed intended to save the lives of women and children - and also those men whom Laing disregards - it must consider female as well as male perpetrators, and not be held hostage by entrenched gender interest groups with an axe to grind. Weatherburn cautioned against attempting to limit the focus of the review to specific sub-groups. Laing's letter shows why such caution is needed.

Michael Woods, Senior lecturer, school of biomedical and health sciences, University of Western Sydney