26 June 2018


In the 1980s and 1990s, Gays, Lesbians, Transgenders, HIV/AIDS people, of all genders, were being bashed, assaulted, abused in any way homophobes could work out, and murdered, at a rapid rate.

The murdered were mostly gay males as can be seen on our web pages in http://www.josken.net

The New South Wales police were complicit in some of those crimes and have never been brought to book.

In 2018, in Melbourne, women are being assaulted, abused, verbally and physically, and murdered in unprecedented numbers.

In Sydney, in the 1980s and 1990s, one of the plans for protection was to carry a whistle that was easily accessible and could mostly be held in the hand out of sight of possible attackers. This is obviously not a be-all and end-all protection, but it may well have helped save lives.

We all carried them in those days and perhaps it helped to protect us but the number of murders did reduce.

The situation as it stands is very complex and needs to start with education at a basic level while children are in their early classes at school where they need to respect other humans and not be taught that they are entitled to behave in ways threatening the safety of other human beings.

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