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‼️ 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: <sonya.kilkenny@parliament.vic.gov.au>, (03) 9773 2727 ➡️ Ro Allen, Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commissioner: <enquiries@veohrc.vic.gov.au>, 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! 💪

MORE INFO HERE: https://www.facebook.com/WomensForumAustralia/posts/pfbid02uLqwuxVu3vhmKHX3pnx94d712rATgxXN9TkbQ1sfxrDF4hoHanwD9VXDNuttVBUol

Also, Petition here: https://www.womensforumaustralia.org/petition_2208_prison

‼️ 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: sonya.kilkenny@parliament.vic.gov.au, (03) 9773 2727 ➡️ Ro Allen, Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commissioner: enquiries@veohrc.vic.gov.au, 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! 💪 MORE INFO HERE: https://www.facebook.com/WomensForumAustralia/posts/pfbid02uLqwuxVu3vhmKHX3pnx94d712rATgxXN9TkbQ1sfxrDF4hoHanwD9VXDNuttVBUol Also, Petition here: https://www.womensforumaustralia.org/petition_2208_prison

6 comments

These predators, one hundred percent of the time, know what a vulnerable woman is.

The second the predator claims special gender feels, the authorities cease to know what a vulnerable woman is

any use writing if we’re not from vic but still from aus?

Yes for sure. Or call and leave voicemail messages. :) There is going to be a meeting coming up, so the more people contacting them the better.

Done. I'm super scared about saying the wrong thing, or sounding stupid, but I figure it's better to leave an imperfect message than no message. Hard to phrase because Allen considers herself nonbinary. I wrote this:

*Dear Minister Kilkenny, dear Commissioner Allen

I am a labor voter from xxxxx, not Victoria, but I am concerned about the erosion of women’s rights across the country. I am writing to thank you for agreeing to meet and discuss the issue of male prisoners with transgender identities being housed in women’s prisons.

Males are, statistically speaking, larger, stronger, and profoundly more likely to commit violence, especially sexual violence, than females. Women and children are their usual choice of victim. That is why housing female prisoners separately from male prisoners is a basic human right recognised by the UN. It is cruel to trap women in spaces with men they cannot escape from, since the outcome will inevitably be that at least some women are assaulted.

For the purposes of safety and privacy, only sex matters. Not gender identity, which does not track with the very important material realities of sex.

Ms Kilkenny, please don’t let the liberal senator Chandler be the only representative of women’s rights and interests. Please let there be a labor minister who chooses the safety of women over men’s identity claims.

Thank you for reading, and kind regards.

Yours faithfully, xxxx*

Oh no. Should I have written to them separately???