Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Horrifying video shows the moment a 15-year-old girl viciously attacks a pregnant mum from behind and tries to rip her handbag away

Once again something important to an understanding of the story is not mentioned. But the skinny brown legs of the assailant identify her as Aboriginal. Relations between Aborigines and the rest of the comunity are notoriously bad in W.A.

Horrifying footage shows the moment a teenage girl violently attacks a pregnant mother from behind as the woman took her two children for a stroll.

The 37-year-old mum was walking with her two children down a Perth laneway in Smallman Place, Ashfield, at about 12.40pm on Monday when the young girl approached from behind.

CCTV captures the teenager violently pulling the mother along the concrete footpath by her hair after sneaking up in her in the laneway.

The desperate mother tried to hold onto her pram, which then toppled over as she was slammed onto the ground - leaving the children screaming in fear.

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Police arrested the 15-year-old a short time later and alleged she was the teenager in the footage and had been attempting to steal the woman's handbag.

Footage of her arrest shows her swearing at officers while other household members cry out he background.

The mother escaped the attack with minor cuts and bruises but police held concerns for her pregnancy as she fell onto her stomach.

The girl was charged with one count of robbery and is set to appear in Geraldton Magistrates Court on September 13.

Police released the CCTV footage of the attack to help piece together what happened.

Anyone with relevant information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Footage before the attack showed a teenager riding a scooter down the laneway behind another young girl.


Catholics’ gender warning for schools

Catholic schools have been strongly advised not to assist in ­efforts to affirm gender transitions in students through the use of drugs or surgical interventions and that “a human being’s sex is a physical, biological reality”.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference will advise schools that, for the vast majority of children and adolescents, gender ­incongruence is a psychological condition through which they will pass safely and naturally with supportive psychological care.

The guidance, to be issued on Tuesday, urges Catholic schools to avoid assisting in the issue of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones or surgery to limit possible infertility, “unnecessary damage” and “future possibilities for healthy human growth”.

The nation has more than 1700 Catholic schools educating about 780,000 students.

The guidance voices grave concerns over an affirmation-based approach to students experiencing gender ­dysphoria and instead steers educators to a “biopsychosocial model” based on research showing a high correlation between “childhood gender incongruence and family dynamics”.

“In this model, practitioners promote ongoing psychological support for the child or young person through engaging with families,” the guidance says. “By discovering the child’s and family’s stories, practitioners are able to understand the gender variance felt by the child or young person within the context of family and their domestic environment.”

Pastoral care initiatives that are “in conflict with the generosity of the Christian vision” are also to be “respectfully avoided”, including concepts that say gender is arbitrarily assigned at birth, gender is fluid and that gender is separate from biological sex.

“Research data strongly suggests that, for the vast majority of children and adolescents, gender incongruence is a psychological condition through which they will pass safely and naturally with supportive psychological care,” the guidance states. “Studies quote between 80 to 90 per cent of pre-pubescent children who do not seem to fit social gender expectations are not gender-incongruent in the long term.”

Catholic school leaders are told to recognise that society has “widely adopted the belief that each person’s innermost concept of themselves determines their gender identity”. But they are warned these recent changes were “in conflict with the Catholic understanding of creation, in which every person is created good and is loved unconditionally as they are”.

Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli, the chair of the Bishops Commission for Life, Family and Public Engagement, said the guidance document elevated the dignity of every person rather than “defining that person by any single characteristic”.

He said Catholic schools ­adhered to the “foundational principle that each person is created in the image and likeness of god, and is loved by god”.

“That principle guides this document, which we offer to our schools to support them in walking compassionately alongside each student we are invited to educate,” he said.

The document is aimed at ­providing support and care to students. It makes no recommendations that would result in students being expelled because of their gender identity.

Catholic schools are encouraged to cater to the needs of students experiencing gender incongruence, a term recommended for use by educators over the term “transgender”.

The document recommends that schools provide unisex toilets or a change room area not aligned to biological sex to increase safety and options for vulnerable students. It also proposes to offer “flexibility with uniform expectations” to cater to the diversity of the student body.

However, all school documentation is to record students’ biological sex at enrolment. The guidance notes that “it may be lawful” to exclude a student from single-sex competition if they are over the age of 12 where the “strength, stamina or physique of competitors is relevant.”

It advises educators to refer to commonwealth guidelines when developing school policies, and ­argues it is “paramount” for all sporting environments to be inclusive and safe.

The guidance comes amid public debate surrounding the ability of transgender students to participate in school sports, a discussion that was stoked during the election campaign after Scott Morrison’s hand-picked candidate for the seat of Warringah, Katherine Deves, ran on a platform to ban transgender competitors from participating in female sports. Ms Deves said a ban would ensure the safety of female competitors, but faced a backlash for a number of tweets she wrote arguing that transgender girls had been “mutilated and sterilised”.

In the new guidance, Catholic school are encouraged to be diligent in “resisting the incursion of political lobbying, ideological postures” and various organisations which may be “at odds” with the school’s mission. It also gives licence to principals who may feel the need to decline the involvement of politically motivated organisations.

National Catholic Education Commission executive director Jacinta Collins said the guide would be discussed at the National Catholic Education Conference underway in Melbourne. “Recent comments by eminent psychologist Professor Ian Hickie highlight the increasing number of medical professionals who are challenging the gender-affirmative approach and are supporting the biopsychosocial approach, which is less invasive, holistic and more closely aligned with a Catholic world view,” she said. “It remains critical that our Catholic schools can speak about the Church’s teachings on these matters in an informed way, underpinned by the principles of respect and human dignity.”

The guidance recommended that schools review of a number of subjects in the curriculum to ensure schools were well placed to deal with “most matters that may surface if a student is undergoing psychological and/ or medical intervention”.

The federal government provided $8.24bn in funding to Catholic schools in 2020, which is close to the $8.67bn spent on government schools, while the states and territories contributed $2.2bn.


Unisex toilet rollout recommended for Queensland Catholic schools

Queensland Catholic schools have been recommended to install controversial unisex toilets or change room areas to support students in gender transitions, according to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

The conference has released a guide on gender and identity to support Catholic schools in responding to the individual social and pastoral needs of students in a “sensitive” way.

Queensland has more than 300 Catholic primary and secondary schools and more than 150,000 students.

The guide, Created and Loved, said a review was being undertaken in several areas with schools well placed to deal with most matters that may surface is a student is undergoing physiological and/or medical intervention.

Unisex toilets have been the subject of controversy in Queensland schools in the past.

The state government was forced to backflip on a gender neutral toilet block that was set to be installed at the $80m Fortitude Valley State Secondary College following parent and expert outcry.

St Eugene College at Burpengary also installed unisex toilets without consulting parents to trial a gender-neutral approach to “match what happens in family homes”.

Chair of the commission Archbishop Peter Comensoli said the guide offers principles that can

be used by Catholic education authorities for their own contexts.

The guide recommended schools provide a unisex toilet and change room area or create a private bathroom space not aligned to biological sex to increase the access and safety options of vulnerable students and potentially alleviate anxieties.

Appropriate bathroom and sleeping arrangements would be required to ensure students felt safe and supported on school camps and events.

Further, it recommended schools offer flexibility with uniform expectations that cater to the diversity of the student body.

It also recommended schools ensure any school policy states that all documentation is to record a student’s biological sex when they’re enrolled.

“Catholic schools are well placed to handle the above practical matters sensitively and thoughtfully, keeping in mind that the majority of students experiencing gender variance may not desire or seek out a medical intervention for transition,” the guide read.

Education specialists including principals and teachers were consulted by the bishops and advice was sought from parents with children facing gender questions.

It also heard from bioethicists and experts in the field and from the international church community.

“The Catholic Church and our schools begin from the foundational principle that each person is created in the image and likeness of God, and is loved by God,” Archbishop Comensoli said.

“That principle guides this document, which we offer to our schools to support them in walking compassionately alongside each student we are invited to educate.”

A Queensland Catholic Education Commission spokeswoman said the guide reinforced the work being done and support being provided to Queensland Catholic school students.

The spokeswoman said schools, school leaders and staff would be able to reference the guide to establish a safe and trusting relationship with students where issues of identity can be discussed openly.

“Catholic schools are communities of faith, and that faith is lived out through the care, respect and love shown by staff to all those in their care, within strong, supportive and respectful school environments,” she said.

“The guide provides schools with a framework for making decisions in the local context to support the wellbeing of all students. “The primary aim of Catholic schools is to provide nurturing and supportive environments for all students.”


Anonymity for men falsely accused of rape

Bettina Arndt

‘No man should have to go what I went through,’ said the teary John Jarratt, after a jury took 15 minutes to decide he was not guilty of an alleged rape forty years earlier. He’d been through twenty months of what he called ‘media death row’, with the worldwide press coverage traumatic for his entire family.

The accusation came from a former flatmate – Jarratt admitted he had sex with the woman, but said it was consensual. She said she’d been inspired by #MeToo and took action when the well-known Australian actor was at the peak of his career, starring in Wolf Creek II. Even after the jury tossed the case out and Jarratt successfully sued The Telegraph for reporting he had ‘got away with rape’, the incident will always be part of his history.

‘The woman who perpetrated the evil lie against me walked away scot-free,’ said Jarratt, calling for laws to be changed so that neither party is identified unless someone is convicted.

Last week I spoke to Daniel Janner, QC, a UK barrister who has set up an organisation called FAIR, (Falsely Accused Individuals for Reform), pushing for legislation to give anonymity to those accused of sexual offences.

Daniel’s father, Lord Janner of Braunstone, was twice the target of false sexual abuse allegations resulting in a well-publicised police raid on his home and parliamentary offices. None of the accusations against him were tested in court before his death in 2015. Daniel is clear that he believes the motivation for the allegations was possible lucrative victims’ compensation claims.

Daniel’s group was launched in 2019, with a demonstration outside Parliament led by Sir Cliff Richards, who had faced his own nightmare through being accused of historic sexual abuse. Sir Cliff described his four-year ordeal which turned him into a ‘zombie’, stopping him sleeping for years: ‘I don’t think I will ever get over it.’

FAIR’s first petition attracted over 27,000 signatures but that initial momentum was derailed for two years by Covid lockdowns. Now the group is actively pushing for an amendment to the next criminal justice bill to make it an offence to identify or publish information about someone accused of a sexual offence unless they have been charged. An exception would be made in special circumstances, like a historic institutional rape case where there’s abundant evidence of wrongdoing and a high likelihood of other victims.

At one time teachers and other professionals had legal protection from being named prior to conviction but then the UK system was captured by the feminists and became victim-centred, with accusers being given anonymity and the accused allowed to be publicly named. Every time there’s an attempt at reform, feminists claim alleged perpetrators must be named because publicity is essential to encourage other ‘victims’ to come forward to ensure prosecution.

This argument may hold up in some historic institutional rape cases, but it is absolute nonsense in the majority of sexual assault cases. For a start a lot of the perpetrators are kids – in Australia, the largest group of sexual assault perpetrators are aged between 15-19. Most of these are date rape or hook-up cases involving young people struggling with the issues of consent.

It’s nonsense to suggest there’s always a bunch of other victims who could come forward. Yet the sisterhood controlling our justice system gets away with this monstrous lie, ensuring even students can be named and shamed. The argument that victims deserve special protection due to the unique opprobrium associated with sexual crimes also applies to the falsely accused. Yet that obvious fact is totally ignored.

While it’s great to see people trying to get laws changed to protect the anonymity of accused men, it also makes sense to try to ensure false accusers face the music for what they have done.




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