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SILENCE IS NOT GOLDEN. IT’S LEAD

Posted in fremantle, women by freoview on July 6, 2014

The thing that disturbs me most with the Rolf Harris case is the silence, the fact that no one stood up and spoke out in public, while Harris was known for many years as the octopus, the one who groped and could not leave women alone, even in public in radio and TV stations. How could this happen? Why did those prominent people not reveal what was going on, to protect other women and girls from the pervert?

Why do people remain silent when they are abused, or witness abuse? Why is it considered un-Australian to dob someone in, someone who has blatantly broken the law. Isn’t it our civic duty to expose those who do wrong, to protect our community?

When I lived in Germany I was amazed that so many people claimed they had not known what happened to the millions of Jews and other people who were killed in concentration camps. Did they not ever ask what happened to their neighbours who were rounded up and taken away? Were they never curious or concerned? Did they care?

Years ago ABC presenter Susan Maushart said she had asked her female friends about abuse and eight out of ten had told her they had been or were in an abusive relationship. Should we sit back and just accept that or should we scream and yell and confront the cowardly bastards who believe women are fair game? Should we not be alert and question when we see very unhappy children avoiding certain family members, and should we not more often directly ask them if something is wrong? Time and time again we hear in the media when abuse cases are revealed, that people suspected something was not right but they did not want to interfere, and that is wrong. We can’t wait till it’s too late. We have a duty of care, especially to children.

We don’t dob in Australia. It’s just not us. We think that silence is golden, when in fact it is lead, because it let’s people and our whole community down. We can’t hope for the governments and police to do it all for us. They can’t do it without us. Be brave and stand up and don’t wait for other people to do it first, because it might never happen and more people will get badly hurt.

Roel Loopers

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ONLY COWARDS HIT WOMEN

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on November 25, 2011

It is WHITE RIBBON DAY today and many men around Australia are swearing not to tolerate violence against women. Although I of course support the sentiment, it is sad we need prominent men to pledge to something that should be a given. Violence against women is inflicted by cowards, and it is reprehensible and absolutely unacceptable!

It is incomprehensible to me that many men believe they have some form of ownership over the girlfriends, lovers, partners or wives, and that makes it alright to abuse them in any way and form they see fit. Great relationships are made of respect and tolerance, and are partnerships, with equal rights and responsibilities. Women are not our servants or properties!

But we should not stop by only combatting violence against women. Violence in all forms is unacceptable in a civilised society and we need to stand up whenever we witness it. It is not good enough that many people in our community don’t feel safe on the streets, on public transport, and in their own homes. The violent cowards who have total disregards for the safety and lives of their fellow citisens need to be taken off the streets, because we all; men, women and children, have the right to feel safe in OUR cities and towns!

Roel Loopers

EARNING RESPECT

Posted in australia, fremantle, west australian, western australia by freoview on October 14, 2010

Two letter writers in the West Australian today disagree with me about my letter, pasted below, the West published earlier this week.

They claim women/people have to earn respect before one can give it to them, but how does that apply to people we don’t know? Does it mean I should disrespect strangers, because I know nothing about them? Should I have no respect for people who dress, or look, a certain way? That would be an awful judgmental attitude to have.

I am not saying that I don’t feel uncomfortable with drunk people, and yes, I admit, even more so when they are female, but is that reason enough to disrespect them?

Do I know why they got drunk? Did they have a bad day, a funeral, a broken heart?

There can be many reasons why people sometimes drink too much, but there can never be a reason to abuse them because they had a skin full.

Roel Loopers

“Whenever one of the football codes “heroes” is accused of having sexually assaulted a woman, another one of them thinks he needs to defend his mates by blaming the alleged victim.
My message to former AFL player Peter Everitt and all his brothers in arms is simple; a woman who dresses in a mini skirt, a deep cut top, who is drunk or on drugs, is not some kind of slut you can abuse for your own desires.

No matter what state women are in, or how they dress, they deserve respect day and night. No ifs or buts. No excuses. She did not ask for it. Got it?!”

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