Win! Walking alone is not "an invitation"

CAMPAIGN UDPATE: Cnr. Mack has now issued an unreserved apology for his comments. Read more here. Thanks to everyone who was part of this campaign.


This week, after a young woman was allegedly sexually assaulted in the town, Albury Mayor Kevin Mack reportedly told media: “I always have encouraged women not to walk alone, to have someone with them at all times, because that in itself is an invitation for someone to take advantage of you.”[1]

Sexual assault is never the fault of the victim. Violence against women is at epidemic levels in our country -with 1 in 5 women sexually assaulted in their lifetime.[2] Victim-blaming is part of the problem: undermining efforts to hold those perpetrating the violence accountable for their actions, and causing additional trauma for victims. We need to focus on perpetrators of violence and making it clear that violence in any form is not condoned.

As Mayor, Cr Mack is in a position to influence and shape community attitudes – can you join the call for the Mayor to retract and apologise for this comment, and show residents what his council is doing to prevent violence against women?

*If you've experienced sexual assault or family violence, you can access 24/7 counselling and support at 1800 RESPECT.


1. Images of three men released after teenage girl raped at knifepoint in Albury, NSW, ABC news, 30 April 2015.

2. Myths and facts about sexual assault, Rape and Domestic VIolence Services Australia.


To Cr Mack,

We urge you to publicly retract and apologise for your victim-blaming statement, and show residents what your council is doing to prevent violence against women. 


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Martin , 2280  /  signed 2015-05-03 07:45:07 +1000
David , 2257  /  signed 2015-05-03 07:04:09 +1000
maria , 2481  /  signed 2015-05-03 06:14:44 +1000
Roselyne , 2074  /  signed 2015-05-03 01:51:01 +1000
Phillip , 2426  /  signed 2015-05-02 23:56:51 +1000
"those who commit these crime’s have more right’s than the victim’s.
violence against women is a cowardly act."
Chris , 2602  /  signed 2015-05-02 21:03:24 +1000
Judie , 2500  /  signed 2015-05-02 20:51:39 +1000
Gail , 2315  /  signed 2015-05-02 20:33:22 +1000
"Every woman in this country should be able to move around her local town in safety. It is outrageous that she should be attacked in such a way, but made worse by any community leader infering that she ‘invited’ it merely by being alone. Shame!"
Kate , 2784  /  signed 2015-05-02 20:23:26 +1000
Doc , 2602  /  signed 2015-05-02 20:06:08 +1000
"Hey, Kevin, have you got any daughters or nieces or women in your office building who can explain this to you just before you kiss your Mayoral Chain goodbye?"
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