Male Privilege is the underlying driver of domestic abuse. — Ken Lay, former Police Commissioner
This address by Ken Lay is inspiring, compassionate and compelling.
Please watch and share.
The address was given this year on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women at Monash University, Melbourne. The text of Ken’s address can be found here.
One stand-out for me was when Ken said:
Here’s something I’ve noticed. Claims of sexual assault inspire a level of suspicion that isn’t generated by claims of theft, fraud or street assaults. Somehow — despite the awesome and verifiable prevalence — claims of sexual abuse are considered more dubious than reports of other crimes. Our threshold for doubt is much lower for women. It’s as if we assume women have less credibility.
So I can tell you that false claims of sexual assault occur — but just as it occurs for theft, fraud and street assaults. And I can tell you that the vast majority of sexual assault claims are legitimate. So to those men who fixate on the bogus claims, I say that you are being intellectually dishonest. You are emotionally cherry-picking data to make a case that women fundamentally lack credibility.
And another was
In public life, I’ve noticed a sort of blokey pomposity – a desire to be seen as a community elder, but little desire to properly function as one. The result is a thousand empty gestures, each removed from self-reflection and real influence. Leaders must acknowledge their own role in these attitudes before they offer themselves as role models.
What are the things that stand out for you in the address?
PS. We don’t normally publish posts on Saturday but have made an exception because we really want to give Ken Lay’s talk wide publicity asap — and our regular slots are already booked up for the next few weeks.