Sexual violence against women is often considered a weapon of war. In aboriginal Australia, sexual violence against children is often considered secret men’s business,
ABORIGINAL culture was to blame for endemic levels of sexual violence against children in central Australia, according to a Northern Territory prosecutor who cited a case in which a four-year-old was drowned while being anally raped.
How then does one truly classify sexual violence against children and babies ? It’s so depressing to contemplate, it’s taken me twenty-four hours just to pose the question. In short, it's inhuman.
To ponder any form of abuse against minors is akin to putting one’s head in a bucket full of shit. Yet given the choice most would readily do that, if only to save one child.
This is the unenviable task now facing concerned Australians, with the overnight news paedophile rings are operating amongst rural aboriginal communities. So claimed the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough last night on ABC’s Lateline,
...there are examples of people who've been operating at a very senior level within Indigenous communities that have such power over those communities and use children at their own whim and they've been dealt with in some cases.
Even more telling is the media’s apparent reluctance to report and expose this deplorable issue, which has been prevalent for years across aboriginal Australia.
In a general media policy, I know of one regional television network which routinely ‘spikes’ submitted news items detrimental to aboriginals. Whether this is the result of mis-guided, reverse discrimination or pure squeamishness, such censorship must end.
That aboriginal women and children are in a perpetual state of domestic ‘war’ - black on black - is a shameful indictment of Australian society. That’s all I can say on the matter. Now I'm returning to bed and putting a pillow over my head. How bloody depressing.