Six years ago, the 50-year-old Sydney Rape Crisis Centre was given a government mandate to have its counselors answer national calls at 1800RESPECT, but no increase in funds to handle the tripling work load. Recently the government announced a vast increase in funds but gave it all to a for-profit insurance company to run a triage service using answerers working from home. Complaints, unionization, and a campaign called No Profit from Rape have ensued.
Host(s): Jiselle Hanna, Frieda Werden
Featured Speakers/Guests: Simone White, telephone trauma counsellor for the Sydney Rape Crisis Centre, and union organizer, giving two talks – one about the government’s neoliberal approach to social services generally, and one, on International Women’s Day, about the specific case of 1800RESPECT.
Credits: Originally produced by Jiselle Hanna for Women on the Line; adapted for WINGS by Frieda Werden, Series Producer.