Andrew Boff AM: Mr Mayor, on 1 February 2016 City Hall hosted the launch of the Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness week, accompanied by the hashtag #ItsNotOk. The launch heard testimony from both female and male victims of sexual violence. Attending that event, as I did, I was therefore encouraged by what you have done in your budget, which is to recognise that there is a need for male victims of sexual violence to have some kind of support in order to encourage them to come forward. That will be welcomed by virtually everybody in that field.
However, we still are faced with an issue that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) carries on classifying in its statistics all sexual abuse as violence against women and girls (VAWG). Without undermining any of those strategies about VAWG, it does actually undermine the efforts that we need to recognise violence against men and boys.
Could you make a recommendation to your successor that perhaps this is an area that he or she needs to look into in order to ensure that there is a level playing field when we are talking about sexual abuse?