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SATURDAY JULY 29 2017 NEWS 13 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA plained him allegedly punching someone. Was she really insinuating that damage to a car was worth potentially killing someone? Less than two weeks before I watched this footage, I witnessed another vicious attack on a woman while driving home from work on a Friday afternoon. Just before I turned the corner into my street, I spotted a woman lying on the footpath while a man beat her. I ran over pleading him to stop, instead he kicked her while she was curled up in a ball on the ground. Obviously put out by the at tention he had started to receive from concerned passers by, he tried pulling the woman up by her hair, presumably to take her back inside the property. Its hard to remember a time when I have ever felt more powerless than having to watch a man bash another woman and not be able to make it stop. It wasnt until a man from a nearby unit ran over to help that the perpetrator scuttled away. The woman asked police to make sure her partner was taken away for the night so she could be safe. When he was loaded in the back of a paddy wagon he started desperately pleading with his victim, almost as desperately as I pleaded with him to stop kicking his wifes head. Tell them I didnt do anything, tell them baby, please, he said. When he got no answer baby was replaced with you f***ing c*** Youll be back tomorrow, she said. When I got home I couldnt stop thinking about the woman lying on the ground and about what would happen when her partner got home the next morning. Apparently what sparked his brutal onslaught was that she had asked him to stop smoking inside. In 2014, a national survey about Australians attitudes to violence against women revealed up to one in five of us believe there were circumstances in which violence can be excused. I dont think the average person could excuse the mans alleged behaviour towards his wife, so why can so many of us accept a man punching a young woman in the head because she threw things at his car? The courts will deal with these men over their alleged crimes but its up to all of us to let these perpetrators know that violence in any form wont be accepted by us. For as long as we continue to deem some victims as deserving of abuse well fail in stopping our national shame. No excuse for violence WATCHING the viral dash cam footage of an ugly road rage incident this week was the second time in a fortnight Id watched a man allegedly punch a woman in the head. The incident was horrific to watch but reading the online commentary after the story was shared all over social media was just as sickening. The hundreds and hundreds of she deserved it comments were a real insight into how parts of Australian society so easily see some violence against women as excusable. From what she has been posting all over FB, she was not fearing for her life at all. And if she was, she would have contacted police and not jumped out of the car like she did, one person wrote. Told ya she was the instigator, she deserved it silly girl, another said. For anyone that didnt see it, the dash cam footage filmed on the NSW Central Coast, showed a 41-year-old man approaching a 21-year-old woman and allegedly punching her in the head as she stood beside a car. The man has since been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm. I was talking about the footage with a group of friends when one said to me: I reckon there is two sides to that story referring to the fact that the woman said she had been throwing things at the mans car before the assault. Well of course theres two sides to the story but there is nothing that could have happened in the other side of the story that could have ex The reaction of many people to violent incidents, such as this woman being punched by a man during an alleged road rage incident on the NSW Central Coast this week, often reflect poorly on us as a society Picture: AAP IMAGES/FACEBOOK JILL POULSEN firstname.lastname@example.org @jill_poulsen
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