Posted April 08, 2018 14:15:20With every story of women being sexually harassed and bullied on social media, we need to be shocked and horrified by the stories of the sexual harassment and violence against women that are so common.
Forced feminisation is a term used to describe the process of changing a woman’s appearance and personality to suit the gender stereotypes of the time, in order to be “attractive” or “feminine” for the purposes of social pressure or sexual exploitation.
In Australia, it is illegal for a man to physically touch a woman or forcibly enter a room without consent.
It has been documented in the past few years that there are up to 100,000 women who are assaulted every year by men in Australia, with the vast majority of assaults occurring in women’s toilets.
The most recent figures show that more than 30 per cent of women who have experienced sexual assault have reported the attack to the police.
Victims of sexual assault, or forced feminisations, have been forced to live in fear of reporting the assault or reporting it to the authorities, and often suffer from the psychological trauma of being disbelieved and ridiculed for the rest of their lives.
These stories of violence against the women in our society are not isolated incidents.
In the US, there is a growing number of cases of sexual assaults, including sexual harassment, and the National Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCASA) is calling for a national approach to sexual violence, to prevent it from happening to other people.
As a result, there has been a number of studies that have documented the relationship between forced feminizations and higher rates of sexual violence.
The National Council Against Sexual Violence (NCASHV) is currently conducting an annual survey of the victims of sexual abuse, and one of the most disturbing results of this survey is the high rate of women experiencing forced feminises.
The NCASHV found that more women than men reported that they had been subjected to forced feminisms.
This includes both men and women who had experienced sexual violence against them, including forcible penetration and penetration by other men.
The survey also revealed that more of the women who reported forced feminised abuse experienced their experiences with men than women who did not.
NCASHLV has launched a national awareness campaign to educate women about the risks of being forced feminized and the potential repercussions of this behaviour.
Since 2016, the NCASHLKV has been conducting a series of workshops in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide to raise awareness of sexual harassment.
The workshops have been a success, with more than 200 women and men signing up to participate in the workshops.
“This is an important first step to get more women to speak out and report the issues of sexual exploitation that they experience,” said NCASHKV national director Angela Robinson.
More than half of the workshops have also been attended by men, with men being particularly impacted by the prevalence of forced feminisities.
In 2017, NCASHLA released a study entitled ‘The impact of sexual discrimination on female sexual victims’, which found that one in four female sexual assault victims are sexually harassed in their lifetime.
Despite the high rates of forced gender reassignment, it can still be very difficult to speak up about the experiences of others who may have experienced the same.
It is imperative that all women and girls are able to speak openly and without fear of being silenced and that all those who have suffered abuse, violence and discrimination know that we are here for them.
“We are all here for each other.
We need to work together to end these crimes,” Ms Robinson said.
For more information about the NCASA, visit www.ncashla.org.au