Episode Twenty: #MeToo, Creativity and the Law

December 13, 2019

This episode is an edited version of a live recording we did in November 2019 titled #MeToo, Creativity and the Law in Australia. The event was hosted in partnership with Melbourne-based community group And Also Presents, recorded at Siteworks in Brunswick, supported by the Moreland City Council Community Grants Program.

Content warning: Sexual assault, abuse and violence.

The event was recorded on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. This always was and always will be Aboriginal Land. The scheduled Welcome to Country from Aunty Jacqui Wandin was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions on the day, a timely reminder that this live episode was recorded during a climate emergency.


And Also Presents are a Melbourne-based community group who develop and supports creative and social equity projects led by female and gender non-binary makers and doers while cultivating an ever-increasing ecosystem of brilliant feminists.

Dr Tess Ryan is an Indigenous woman of Biripai country, originating from Taree, New South Wales. Following an early career in government and community services, Dr Ryan entered academia and was awarded the University of Canberra Medal in 2013 for her Honours thesis, ‘The push/pull indicators of Indigenous political engagement’. A Golden Key International Scholar Society member, Tess then completed a PhD at The University of Canberra focusing on Indigenous women’s leadership in Australia.  She has most recently held a Post-Doctoral position with The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at The University of Melbourne, which involved the facilitation of a leadership program with Kings College, London, research collection and data dissemination relating to the Indigenous health. Her multi-disciplinary work involves Indigenous women, media representation, Indigenous research, leadership and diversity. Dr Ryan currently holds a curriculum development role with The Australian Catholic University and works as a freelance consultant. Follow Tess on Twitter @TessRyan1

Jill Prior is the inaugural Principal Legal Officer of the Law and Advocacy Centre for Women (LACW), in addition to her role on the Board.  Jill is an accredited specialist in criminal law and has over 15 years’ experience representing clients in criminal matters.

Prior to establishing LACW, Jill was the Acting Principal Legal Officer at the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria.  This role provided a depth to Jill’s Family Law and child protection practice and allowed her to have great input into the policy framework of the organisation. Jill was previously the Principal Legal Officer at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) where she worked for over 10 years.

Madison Griffiths is a writer, artist and poet whose work has been published in Guardian, VICE, SBS, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Overland, The Lifted Brow and more. She is also the producer of the Tender podcast, an audio-documentary that explores what happens when women leave abusive relationships. Her work revolves predominantly around issues concerning women, violence, digital medias and resistance.

If you or someone you know needs support the around topics discussed you can reach out to these free services:

Sexual Assault Crisis Line Victoria 1800 806 292
The Sexual Assault Crisis Line Victoria is a state-wide, after-hours, confidential, telephone crisis counselling service for people who have experienced both past and recent sexual assault. For translations into languages other than English for their services please see their website: www.sacl.com.au

National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault. For accessibility options for this service please see their website: www.1800respect.org.au/accessibility/

This project was supported by the Moreland City Council Community Grants Program.