Last week, a man found guilty of assaulting a young woman had his convictions erased by our justice system.
After erasing the guilty party's convictions, Australian Judge Richard Sutherland told the perpetrator to:
”Thank your lucky stars”
This case is only one of the many instances in which violence against women is enabled in Australia.
We believe our justice system can do better.
This week Ovira launched our crowdfunding campaign “Thank your lucky stars” by placing 4 billboards outside the courthouse to show our justice system that we refuse to allow them to fail the people it’s meant to protect.
We demand a safer future for all women.
We Need Your Help
1 in 4 women have experienced physical or sexual violence.
On average, close to one woman a week is killed by an intimate partner.
Just 1.5% of sexual assaults result in a conviction.
We can change these statistics.
We demand support for Australian women to have increased access to legal aid and for reforms in our criminal justice system.
1. Increased Support
There is an urgent need for increased support services for women who are experiencing or have experienced sexual violence and assault.
In particular, we must invest in increasing access to support services for First Nations women, women with disabilities and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who experience the highest rates of violence. It is critical that these services are trauma-informed and co-created with these communities to provide meaningful assistance. For cultural specific support services and support for women with disabilities, please refer to 1800RESEPCT.
2. Reform in the Criminal Justice System
The recent case in which a man found guilty of assaulting a women who had his convictions erased is just one example of the many ways our justice system fails women.
With only 1.5% of sexual assaults resulting in conviction, there is an urgent need to demand sweeping reforms increase access to legal assistance.
It’s time for change.
The “Your Lucky Stars” crowdfunding campaign will be donating all funds to the below services and advocacy groups that:
1. Run education programs to address the gender inequality that perpetuates violence against women
2. Provide critical support to women who are experiencing or have experienced violence
3. Advocate for urgent reforms needed to prevent violence and improve our response so that victim survivors receive justice.
Ovira has donated $15,000.
By donating, you will be a part of creating the change we need to see.
Have you experienced a lack of justice in the criminal justice system after reporting domestic or sexual assault?
Have you been personally impacted by sexual or domestic violence or are you concerned about someone you care about?
Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia has 24/7 support.
Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia 1800 943 539 or chat online at www.rape-dvservices.org.au
You can also get in touch with 1800 RESPECT.
1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732 or chat online at www.1800respect.org.au
Culturally specific support is also available. These are different in each state and territory and local area.
Support and resources for women with a disability are also available.
As women, we are used to being told to ‘just deal with it’ when it comes to our pain. And we’ve had enough.
Ovira is female-founded Australian women’s health start-up on a mission to end the unnecessary suffering of women everywhere.
We’re a team of women frustrated by how alarmingly comfortable our society is with pain and suffering being an expected part of life for women. It’s reflected in the horrific numbers of violence against women and filters all the way through to so many parts of our daily lives (like period pain, endometriosis, painful sex) - where women’s pain is repeatedly dimissed.
For all enquiries, please contact us using the form below.
If you personally have been impacted by sexual assault or violence or are concerned about someone you care about, you are not alone. Support is available.