Mildura Weekly : February 28 2014 Vol 8 No 17
www.milduraweekly.com.au 12 Mildura Weekly – 28/02/14 Help must be made available • From Page 10 The difference is that the public considers themselves to have a mor- al right to slander an individual and call for torturous retributions. The fact is that the ‘offender’ hasn’t really done anything YET. There is no legal grounds to hold him. This is not a legal or political is- sue – it’s a mental health issue. He has serious problems, and mental health services won’t help him because he’s not diagnosable? Pedophilia, necrophilia etc. should all be considered mental illnesses unto themselves and preventative care given. You can’t just ignore the ‘mon- sters’ in the world and hope they go away. I’m so sick of this attitude that certain things just shouldn’t exist, so they’re not worth consideration and realistic intervention. They do exist. Accept it, and ap- proach the problem pro-actively and effectively to the benefit of all in- volved. This man has been asking for help and been refused. You think these people want to stay sick? They wouldn’t be asking for help if their thinking didn’t bother them, and just as an untreated schizo- phrenic must live in a terrifying reality, how must it feel to be sane enough to know your thinking is wrong, but not psychotic enough to get the help you desperately need? Prison will do nothing for this kind of problem, if anything it would only serve to make such an issue worse. It’s just another way for the gen- eral populace to sweep those prob- lems under the rug, lock them up and forget them (and silently hope that other inmates remove the prob- lem altogether). I do agree that there should be longer mandatory minimum sen- tences if there is actually a convic- tion, but I think proper mental health care needs to be included, or else what is the point? It’s an involuntary compulsion, jail time alone won’t fix it. And I have to say that as a child- abuse victim I find it highly offensive that people are still so ignorant as to think that victims become predators. If that were the case, a majority of the human race would be sexual predators, because the problem is not nearly as small as society deludes itself into believing. The fact is that a predator has a predisposition to predatory behav- iours to begin with, abuse events alone do not simply trigger that kind of thinking. I could very easily suggest that I only have Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) today as a result of untreated Post-Traumatic Stress Dis- order (PTSD). It’s a sad state of affairs when you’re legally forced to attend school and you can’t even be protected there, with ‘grievance procedures’ that basically involve being hand- balled from one department to an- other without ever getting anywhere. And police can’t help because your school refuses to provide sur- names. When these things actually hap- pen, people are very reluctant to help and the victim is treated with just as much contempt as a perpetrator be- cause they offend your illusion of a perfect world. So where is the suggestion of help for ordinary abuse victims who are otherwise normal except for their continuing struggle to appropriately develop and connect with the world around them? I believe that it’s actually a rather pointless discussion because society is not truly ready to accept the extent of the problem and understand both victims and perpetrators, and work towards better outcomes. Society has a long way to come before this issue can fully come to light and be dealt with logically. I submit that in this case it’s easy to be indignant because it’s not so close to home (and no sexual of- fence has actually been committed). Most people can’t cope with such information when it’s right at their door, their minds just shut it out and victims continue to be victims. I know, I’ve been through the process. It’s not that nobody believes you, it’s that they just can’t handle the information, they’re scared, guilty, and they don’t know what to do with it. Denial is a funny thing. (Name and address supplied) Market helps the community Sir, The Merbein Progressive Group Inc is a not-for-profit association that derives its income solely from the Merbein Markets conducted on the third Sunday of the month. Apart from running costs, the remainder of funds are put back into the community. Since Sep- tember we have been able to fulfil three requests for assistance. The first being to assist Merbein Rotary with part cost towards the hire of a St John Ambulance at Merbein’s Christmas Carols in Kenny Park. The second was a request to as- sist Merbein Bowls Club with the purchase of uniform shirts for their lady bowlers. And the most exciting heart- felt donation was forwarded to the Merbein Uniting Church to help with renovations to the kitchen in their hall. The Uniting Church hires out this hall at a very reasonable cost, and at times has let it for free, but the kitchen is well overdue for a facelift. I could not believe the excite- ment when the ladies saw the amount of the cheque - $1000. We are proud of our contribu- tion to the community, and happy to help whenever and wherever possible. Mickey Bottrell Secretary Merbein Progressive Group Inc and Merbein Markets ‘Hypocritical’ riots on Manus Sir, Last weekend’s demonstrations against the government’s Manus Island riot are so patently hypocriti- cal. First, because they were organ- ised by Labor’s front, ‘Get Up.’ Secondly, because Get Up never organised demonstrations when Labor’s boat people program saw hundreds of people drown. Get Up should Get Out of the business of Labor propaganda. Dallas Clarnette Rosebud The soapbox Tell us what’s on your mind 12 The soapbox 1212 Mildura Weekly – 28/02/14 Mildura Weekly – 28/02/14 Mildura Weekly We welcome letters from our readers. 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