• Van Badham and Steve Price on Monday's Q&A. (ABC)Source: ABC
Proof we have a long way to go in fighting the normalisation of violence against women.
By
Caitlin Chang

14 Jul 2016 - 11:30 AM  UPDATED 14 Jul 2016 - 12:02 PM

Warning: This article covers sexual violence and assault

On Monday night's Q&A, journalist and Guardian columnist Van Badham clashed with 2GB presenter Steve Price during a discussion on how public figures, politicians and media can help combat the normalisation of violence against women. 

The heated conversation has dominated headlines since, with Price dismissing Badham as "hysterical", and not backing down from his comments since. As Price continued the conversation, stating that he was "verballed" by an "aggressive woman" on The Project on Tuesday, Badham took to her column to share her frustration at not being able to question co-panellist, Attorney-General George Brandis, on the government's cuts to community legal centres; places what she calls "a front line for women fleeing violent situations."

Sadly demonstrating how far we have to go in stopping the normalisation of violence against women, Badham has posted a video on her Facebook page sharing the threats she has received in the days since she appeared on Q&A.

Some comments included:

"I'd smack the b*tch in the mouth. I'd do it to a guy and equal rights means I would do it to a girl."

"Now, if her husband beat her up, I'd have to say 'good on him'."

"I honestly pray for your death every day. I'd do anything to stop this. People like you are disgusting, entitled, and yes, hysterical. You deserve a good slap."

Watch the video below:

 

The video has been viewed over 167,000 times since it was shared last night.

As Badham points out, "cultural shifts have to happen".

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, contact the 1800 RESPECT helpline: 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. Call 000 in an emergency. 

 

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