bast_believer: (Beth)
As an Australian who has a strong belief in Human Rights, and putting the past to rest, today i nearly cried.

Read it. Its Kevin Rudd's statement to those Stolen Generations of Australia's Indigenous people.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/apology/text.htm

I don't particulary care about who agrees this was deserved, or who supports our Government's actions or who does not, but this I hope is the first step back towards a country and a nation I am proud of.

Its a brave step, the first I hope of many.
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In response to several members of my flist. Its been a train of thought that I finally managed to verbalise what was in my head.

People out there seem to think that rape and violence against women starts in a vacuum. 'Boys will be boys' etc, just as you said. What they fail to understand is that violence against women starts with sexism. And sexism starts with lack of respect for the humanity of the person.

So, to fight sexism, to fight violence against women, to fight rape/sexual assault in any form, means the first step is to look at the person, and acknowledge that they are, and are worthy of your respect, BECAUSE they are.

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