• Actress Miranda Tapsell sings in the effort to change attitudes towards violence against women (NITV)Source: NITV
Australian actress Miranda Tapsell has used her singing talents for a new song aimed at changing attitudes on violence against women.
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13 Aug 2015 - 5:18 PM  UPDATED 13 Aug 2015 - 6:55 PM

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Nakari Thorpe: The Sapphires and Love Child star has taken the lead in a performance she hopes will shift the focus of public awareness campaigns to perpetrators, instead of victims.

She believes the song spreads a positive message to both men and women.

It's a tongue-in-cheek yet positive way of tackling victim-blaming.

Charlie Pickering, host of the ABC's The Weekly, discussed the issue of rape culture and how many public awareness campaigns focus on what women should do to avoid getting raped. 

The Sapphires star along with Angie Hart and Geraldine Quinn joined forces to help change attitudes towards women.

"I don’t want that fate for any of my cousins, any of my family, my friends," Ms Tapsell told NITV News. "So I thought, 'why not take part in something positive and something that’s going to going to be empowering for women'."

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Research conducted by VicHealth found one in five Australians believe a woman is partly responsible for being raped if she is intoxicated. 

She said she wanted to change that view. "If I’ve become a positive role model for young women, then I embrace that. I want to be a part of a positive message like the message I gave out last night." 

"Isn’t that sad that I even have to think about that, and had to consider what this was going to mean to me - before I even sang the song, before I came to this interview today."

But even a star like Miranda has to choose her words carefully in these days of social media activism.

"Isn’t that sad that I even have to think about that, and had to consider what this was going to mean to me - before I even sang the song, before I came to this interview today," she said.

"But that’s not just for me, that’s a reality for a lot of women."