Boy oh boy do the troughers know how to take big long drinks from the trough.
Three troughers at Victoria University have scored a million dollars to study “rape culture”.
Three academics from Victoria University – a criminologist, a lawyer and a psychologist – have been awarded the money by the Marsden Fund for two three-year research projects.
They are among 101 awards totalling almost $56 million.
Associate professor Jan Jordan was awarded $610,000 for her project to investigate why, despite so much talking and rhetoric around rape reform over the past 40 years, it was so hard to get substantive change.
She said her project was in two parts.
“One is actually looking at up-to-date review of police files on rape to look at some of the factors involved as to why cases do not continue through the justice system.”
“The second part is getting more at the socio-cultural side, and that’s really wanting to analyse changing depiction’s of women and rape in the media to actually look at how our forms of social media still portray women dominantly as sexual objects.”
Associate professors Elisabeth McDonald and Ann Weatherall were also awarded $540,000 to examine attitudes to sexual complainants in the courtroom and how they were treated by lawyers and judges.
The researchers are also to look at the extent to which myths about rape influences that process.
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