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Shine: Grace Millane murder highlights NZ's violence towards women

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Publish Date
Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 10:55AM
The murder of the British backpacker has once again highlighted New Zealand's problems towards women. (Photo / Supplied)

A domestic violence campaigner is hoping the Grace Millane case will be a catalyst for change.

The murder of the British backpacker has highlighted once again New Zealand's violent treatment of women.

Shine's Jane Drumm says we have a range of attitudes and objectifying behaviours in our society, some mild and some extreme.

She told Mike Hosking that while the great majority of us consider violence abhorrent, there is a disturbingly large percentage of us that don't. 

She says far too many women are not respected, don't feel safe, and are hurt.

"Women should feel like they could go out and not have to think about whether or not they're going to be safe. I just feel really angry that, at the end of 2018, women are still in that situation."

Drumm says boys are being profoundly impacted by violence in pornography.

She says part of our fix to violence is how we're raising our kids, and what they're exposed to in childhood.

Drumm says boys' easy access to certain pornography normalises violence, and links it with sex.

She says it's part of a wider culture of disregard for women, which can be mild, or extreme.

"I think unfortunately we live in a society which has widely held beliefs and social norm that really supports a disrespectful attitude to women."




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