Gays, lesbians and trans folk come under attack simply because of who they are. There are many ways to tackle this: the human rights commission has a new initiative, the anti-violence project works on it continually, and there are laws meant to protect us from hate speech and crime.
But do hate crime laws work? Some people think they’re a bad thing: why should someone who assaulted one of us get a stiffer sentence because they were motivated by prejudice? If you criminalise motive, isn’t that criminalising thought – a rather Orwellian notion? And are anti-vilification laws an unfair restriction of free speech?
Greg Adkins leads the Anti-Violence Project: how bad is the problem currently being experienced in Victoria and what is the project is doing about them?
And what does violence do to us when we’re the victim? How about when it’s from one of our own – or within a relationship? Psychologist Paul Martin of the Centre for Human Potential has written extensively about the problems of abusive relationships and recovering from traumas..
Co-hosting with me in the studio is Joy’s own newshound Rod Swift.
Have you ever been attacked, verbally, or physically? What happened? How did you deal with it? Are hate crime/speech laws a good thing, or do you see them as trying to criminalise thought? Got any questions? Let me know: post on The Rainbow Reporter Facebook page, tweet @rainbowreporter, or send an email to email@example.com [click for full address].
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