The following is a copy of an email I sent to Minister Dutton this morning, after reading that more ‘workshops’ are scheduled to be delivered in Australia early this year by a group renowned for perpetuating and perpetrating violence and abusive behaviour towards women and, perhaps worst of all, profiting off the incitement of this deplorable and despicable behaviour in others. If you agree, you can contact Minister Dutton and/or sign the Change.Org petition to deport/revoke the visas of those involved.
Dear Minister Dutton,
I write to you to request that the visas of anyone involved with Real Social Dynamics, including Julien Blanc, Owen Cook and Jeff Allen, be revoked because of their public history of perpetrating and inciting in others violence against women.
This current government has previously stated that
- “one of the most important things we must do is ensure that our sons respect their mothers and their sisters”
- “violence against women begins with disrespecting women” (http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbulls-scathing-attack-on-men-who-commit-domestic-violence-20150923-gjtpqt.html)
- “”Why do male perpetrators commit violent acts against women?
“You realise that women must be considered less worthy. And no society wants to admit that about itself” (http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/malcolm-turnbull-on-domestic-violence-some-people-will-hate-what-the-pm-had-to-say-20150924-gjtv67.html)
- “We, as leaders, as a Government, must make it and we will make it, a clear national objective of ours to ensure that Australia is more respecting of women. Women must be respected. Disrespecting women is unacceptable.” (http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2015/s4319196.htm)
This man and this team are part of the domestic violence problem globally and contribute to the problem here in Australia. We know how many women died at the hands of intimate partners last year – the belief that it’s acceptable to behave in that way starts with the belief that behaviour such as belittling, physically restraining, physically harming, mentally abusing women is also acceptable. Our government needs to prove that women deserve respect. That decent human beings respect women. That healthy relationships form out of respect for women. That women are not sexual objects to be acquired and won. Our government can take action by refusing the visas and releasing a public statement as to the reasons behind it.
Do you think that women are less worthy than men, Minister Dutton? Do you think that women are less deserving of respect and safety? Do you believe that it is acceptable that men disrespect women? Do you think that men should have the right to commit violent acts against women?
If you allow these men to come to Australia and deliver their talks, you and your government will be saying exactly that.Read More »