The #MeToo Movement Has Reached One Of The World's Most Remote Workplaces: Antarctica

Women scientists face enough barriers to conducting polar research in Antartica, says professor Meredith Nash — the clothing is ill-fitting and managing menstruation discreetly is near impossible. "It is a place set up for white men," Nash told BuzzFeed News. But it is also a uniquely isolated and intimate workplace to navigate sexual harassment. "There are a lot of really difficult power dynamics because if you're out in the field for say six weeks, you can't leave and it is really hard to

She Can't Forgive A Newspaper For Focusing On A Broken Sex Toy After Her Boyfriend "Viciously" Assaulted Her

That was the headline on a story about how Northern Territory woman S. was violently assaulted in 2015 by her ex-boyfriend, who narrowly avoided jail time. Years on, she still remembers how it felt to have her assault reported in that way. "I was 21 and traumatised and the sensationalist chuckles and jokes of irresponsible media reporting made me feel humiliated and furious," the now 25-year-old told BuzzFeed News. "Once the anger faded I just felt exhausted and violated, and that's still what I

This Sexual Assault Survivor Decided Not To Press Charges. Then Police Took Away Her Other Option.

Marie — a pseudonym to protect her privacy — is a cautious online dater. “I usually go through a long vetting process of talking with them online first,” the 32-year-old told BuzzFeed News. “I like to think I’m really careful with people and I don’t do one-night stands.” Marie lives in a sharehouse of single women who always share a man’s details, sometimes even licence plate numbers, with each other before going on dates. But safety measures were of no use to her when she was allegedly sexual

Pregnancy Is A Risk Factor For Violence. Midwives Have Known This For Years.

Hannah Dahlen will never forget when she was a student midwife and a woman came to the hospital, the imprint of a studded football boot on her pregnant belly. “We got him out of the room and we said [to her] ‘we need to report what he did to you and you need to find safety for yourself and we can help you with that, and think about the child coming into this’,” Dahlen, now a professor of midwifery and director of higher degree studies at Western Sydney University, told BuzzFeed News.

A Journalist, Editor, Survivor, Lawyer, And Academic Weigh In On What's Holding Back #MeToo In Australia

In the United States, allegations against Harvey Weinstein propelled a flood of investigations and the downfall of more than 200 public figures, but there has been a relative dearth of #MeToo stories published in Australia — even accounting for differences in population — where an astonishing 85% of women have experienced sexual harassment. Most high profile #MeToo stories in Australia, excluding allegations made about celebrity gardener Don Burke, have been overshadowed by legal proceedings.

The Identities Of Rape And Assault Survivors Were Accidentally Revealed In A #MeToo Documentary

Australia’s public broadcaster has been forced to apologise after it distributed to journalists a documentary about the #MeToo movement that identified survivors of rape and assault without their consent. The names, images and harrowing stories of two women were clearly visible in a preview copy of Silent No More, a three-part documentary series produced for the ABC by Southern Pictures, and presented by journalist and author Tracey Spicer.

Their Loved Ones Were Murdered By Men. Careless Journalists Compounded Their Grief.

Nikita’s partner stabbed her 35 times, an ambush as she slept, before calling the police to turn himself in in the early hours of Jan. 9, 2015. Tarang Chawla remembers there was a breaking news story “within hours” of his sister’s death. “At that stage I didn’t even believe it, I was still in shock and it was a bit of a blur,” Chawla told BuzzFeed News. “She was killed on a Friday, and people were ringing non-stop all weekend.” He didn’t know whether to answer the phone. Was it a relative call

This Sex Worker Who Was Sexually Assaulted Didn’t Think She Would Be Believed. Now Her Client Is Going To Jail

“They’re not going to believe me because I’m a sex worker.” This is what Nikki Cox — a pseudonym she works under — thought to herself when she drove to a police station after she was sexually assaulted by a client, who booked with the name Alex, in February last year. But Alex was on Tuesday handed a partly suspended sentence of 15-months in jail — of which he must serve two months — for one count of aggravated sexual assault, to which he pleaded guilty in April.

"Racism And Sexism Come Together": Inside Australia's Far Right

Australia’s far right nationalist movement is a fractured network of rabidly racist and obsessively Islamophobic white men who use Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and message forums to connect with those who share their unrelenting disgust for multiculturalism, immigration and feminism. BuzzFeed News spoke to high profile Muslim women in Australia who have been targeted by these groups, including the nation’s first ever Muslim senator Mehreen Faruqi, who says these men spread an “absolutely inter-related” mix of misogyny and racism.

The Anatomy Of A Gang-Rape Trial: “I Felt Like I Was The Guilty One Trying To Prove My Innocence”

The four men accused of gang-raping Elise* at a house party were found not guilty last year. Twenty-two-year-old Christian Dickens, Aaron Jensen (23), and two 21-year-olds who were underage at the time and therefore cannot be named, stood accused of attacking her at a house party in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney in 2012 but were acquitted by a jury. Elise was 15 years old on the night in question. This is what it is like to go through a rape trial.

This Is What It Is Like To Speak Before Your Former Partner Is Sentenced For Your Rape

Katie — a pseudonym to protect her privacy — sat waiting in a small room at Parramatta Local Court on Friday, breathing in slowly, preparing to read her victim impact statement. Just outside the room, their conversation almost audible, sat the family members of her former partner Andrew Bennett, who was about to be sentenced for her rape. Bennett, 33, was charged with two counts of rape in February 2017, to which he pleaded not guilty. He was cleared of one count and convicted of the other by a jury in October this year. All of Katie’s loved ones were interstate where she now lives, but she spoke to her boyfriend, who had to work on Friday, over the phone.

This Woman Suffered Reproductive Coercion. Now Her Ex-Partner Is Going To Jail

Mother of three Isabelle — a pseudonym to protect her privacy — will know in a few weeks how long her ex-partner will spend in jail for raping her. “He was just a monster,” the 34-year-old told BuzzFeed News. Isabelle’s ex-partner, who BuzzFeed News has given the pseudonym Cameron, will be sentenced next month after he was convicted of one count of rape. He was found not guilty of a second count of rape. “When I met him I was vulnerable and lonely and I didn’t think anyone would want to be wit

Here's How Hard It Is For Abuse And Violence Survivors To Access Welfare Payments

Sarah — a pseudonym to protect her privacy — was travelling in Sydney in 2012 when she met an Australian man. The now-39-year-old was in a relationship with the man for the next five years, during which she says he was violent. “He was very charming in the beginning … and then at some point it just turned,” Sarah, who is originally from a European country, told BuzzFeed News. “When I fell pregnant I thought maybe he would change and it might make him a better person, but it escalated when I was

This Is What It's Like To Be Sexually Assaulted By Your Partner

“I was taught to be fearful that if I didn't satisfy every single one of my partner's sexual needs, then I would lose him to someone who would." “There were so many times when I would find myself very reticently acquiescing to him, because I was afraid that going two, three nights in a row without satisfying him would be the motivation he needed to leave.” When she was cooking, studying or washing the dishes Adam would often come up behind her and "thrust violently" into her. "It made me feel so powerless and reminded me of his strength."

Here's How LGBTIQ People Experience Sexual Harassment At Work

Melbourne woman Vanessa — a pseudonym to protect her privacy — described a situation in her current workplace​ that left her uncomfortable and upset. “I am a queer cis-gendered woman and I am in a relationship with a person who was transitioning while I was in this job,” Vanessa told BuzzFeed News. “I let my manager know that I had a partner who was medically transitioning and that this might throw up some challenges for me, and that I would be under a bit more stress in my personal life.”

This Is What Emotional Abuse Looks Like

When Alexa had some career success and was going on an important work trip, she said Jack told her “I’m not going to be the Denis to your Margaret Thatcher”, referencing the former British prime minister’s husband. “I was very unsophisticated emotionally and I just didn’t understand that it was abnormal because I didn’t come from a particularly functional family and my parents were unhappily married,” she said. “I had no idea that it was OK to be valued.”

These Are The Stories Of Women Suffering Dowry Abuse In Australia

Dowry abuse is when someone uses coercion, threats, physical violence or emotional or financial abuse to demand or receive a dowry — money or property given to the groom by his bride or her family before or after a marriage. A parliamentary inquiry is currently looking into the practice of dowry and the potential rate of dowry abuse in Australia. "When I got married, my husband and his family was not given a dowry as my parents were poor," one Sri Lankan-Australian woman wrote in her submiss
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