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Katrina Marson: Australia’s Reckoning with Sexism and Misogyny | Melbourne Writers Festival

The new books of Guardian political reporter Amy Remeikis (On Reckoning) and criminal lawyer Katrina Marson (Legitimate Sexpectations) shine a light on the complicity of our political and justice systems in entrenching misogyny and sexual violence.

Remeikis and Marson come together to share their unique perspectives – Remeikis as a journalist in the Canberra press gallery and Marson as a sexual offences prosecutor – on consent, safeguarding sexual wellbeing, shifting power structures and their hopes for change, with Sophie Black.

 

Katrina Marson has been researching the protective power of sex-ed to prevent sexual violence and safeguard sexual wellbeing for a decade. She has been a criminal lawyer since 2013, primarily in the areas of family violence and sexual offences. On secondment for two years, Katrina led the implementation of the Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission's criminal justice recommendations in the ACT before returning to the ACT DPP as a senior prosecutor in the Sexual Offences Unit. She undertook a Churchill Fellowship in 2019 researching the implementation of relationships and sexuality education overseas. She is the lead researcher of primary prevention at Rape and Sexual Assault Research and Advocacy and is the President of the Relationships and Sexuality Education Alliance in the ACT.

Legitimate Sexpectations

Can we promise future generations a life free of sexual violence, in which their sexual wellbeing will be protected? Is this a promise we can keep?

As a sexual offences prosecutor, Katrina Marson works for an institution that can only respond, one case at a time, to sexual violence once the damage is already done. During a decade of looking back, she kept returning to a single question: what could have been done to prevent this?

In 2019 she stepped out of the justice system to travel abroad on a Churchill Fellowship, where she witnessed first-hand the power of comprehensive relationships and sexuality…

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