‼️ CALL TO ACTION ‼️
A LOT has happened since we launched our campaign to remove the male sex offender from Victoria’s Dame Phyllis Frost women’s prison a little over a month ago.
👏 The Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) has agreed to meet with Corrections Victoria in October to discuss our concerns 👏 The Victorian Ombudsman has confirmed it is investigating the issue 👏 We have nearly 7,000 signatures on our petition, which has attracted high-profile partners like former Liberal candidate Katherine Deves and Giggle Founder Sall Grover 👏 Australian senators – Senator Claire Chandler, Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price and former Senator Amanda Stoker – have voiced their support for our campaign 👏 Women have been holding protests in Melbourne and around the country 👏 And last week OUR CAMPAIGN MADE NATIONAL NEWS!
However, comments from the VEOHRC in The Australian stating that Corrections Victoria’s current policy “strikes the right balance”, means we still have work to do before their meeting this month.
There is nothing about locking up a convicted male sex offender with vulnerable women (many of whom have backgrounds of sexual assault) that “strikes the right balance”. That is why we are asking you to send a quick message (or make a quick call) to Corrections Minister Sonya Kilkenny and VEOHRC Commissioner Ro Allen asking them to choose to protect women’s safety and human rights and to remove this violent male sex offender from Victoria’s women’s prison.
➡️ Sonya Kilkenny MP, Minister for Corrections: <firstname.lastname@example.org>, (03) 9773 2727 ➡️ Ro Allen, Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commissioner: <email@example.com>, 1300 292 153
Your message doesn’t have to be long. They just need to know you care. Things you could include in your message: ✍️ Thank them for committing to discussing this important issue in October ✍️ Outline your concerns (you can refer to the petition and our recent campaign summary in the comments below for ideas) ✍️ Tell them to remove this male sex offender from Victoria’s women’s prison
With October now underway, the meeting could be any day from now. Before they meet, these public officials need to hear from as many people as possible that housing men in women’s prisons is unacceptable and does NOT reflect the expectations of the community. Are you willing to take this small but powerful step to help us get justice for these vulnerable imprisoned women?
Men do not belong in women’s prisons, no matter their gender identity. Thank you for taking a stand for women’s welfare and common sense! 💪
Also, Petition here: https://www.womensforumaustralia.org/petition_2208_prison