186. Realities of Gender Based Violence & Potential Solutions

In this Reboot Republic Podcast Rory talks to Dr Caroline West (host of Glow West) about the issues of gender based violence in the context of the shocking murder of Ashling Murphy.

Caroline talks about her own experience, and what men and society as a whole can do to end sexual violence against women. She explains about the retraumatizing of victims, and makes the point that there is a lot Government can be doing, like funding prevention and education, and funding domestic violence services properly. It is disgraceful that refuges have to turn victims away and help lines have to fund raise to pay for services. We discuss patriarchy, and how men consider women their ‘property’, and that men need to educate themselves, take responsibility, and challenge the conversations and culture that tolerates sexual harassment and violence.

If you are affected by any of the issues discussed in this podcast you can contact National Support Services:

Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 (Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

National Rape Crisis Helpline 1800 778 888 (operated by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

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