I read in the news that the rate of domestic violence has gone up by 3.3% in Sydney. Waking up this morning, I tried to fit this piece of news in with the rest of what’s going on in the world.
If I had as much money as Gina Rinehart $10.3 billion, Andrew Forrest $6.2 billion or Rupert Murdoch $5.7 billion, I’d buy houses and give them to survivors of domestic violence and child sexual abuse, so they can have a place to live in peace and sovereignty, to bring up their children.
How many houses could I buy for $10.3 billion? Even if they cost $1 million each.
To have that much money and not help others is sick.
In Australia, 1 in 5 people suffer depression.
At least 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys are sexually abused as children.
These experiences leave people with psychological impacts.
How can we as a country allow people to live with domestic violence and child sexual abuse, yet allow people to own $10.3 billion and to increase their wealth. It is sick, people. It is immense greed.
Children need to be able to grow up without trauma.
Let that be our measure of success as a society. Tax the billionaire miners who exploit our country’s resources for their gain. Use that money to protect people who can’t protect themselves.
We are creating more mental illness for the future by not taking children out of situations of domestic violence and child sexual abuse.
Childhood trauma creates mental illness. Protect children from trauma and its consequences- anxiety, depression, addictions, psychosis and suicide, and as a country, as a world, we will be a whole lot better off in future.