When Australia’s Prime Minister told the nation that it took his wife’s argument that ‘he should think about what happened to Brittany Higgins in relation to his own daughters,’ before he was able to comprehend the seriousness of her allegations, it opened the floodgates of comment on the airwaves and on social media.
Why did it take Scott Morrison’s wife to appeal to him as a father of daughters before he was able to understand the gravity of this crime, which had been perpetrated against Ms Higgins?
Amy Remeikis, herself a survivor of sexual assault, explores not only the Prime Minister’s approach towards inappropriate actions of men towards women, but also that of the population in general. She asserts that leaders talk about sexual violence and harassment of women, but that we as a society remain uncomfortable with it and are happy for it to remain in the dark.
Respect, protect and reflect are words used by politicians but they are not really backed up by action.
‘On Reckoning’ is the latest publication in the OnSeries Little Books, Big Idea collection. As other books in this series, it is a thought provoking little book, which engages the reader, provides insight and encourages reflection