The Bangle Foundation Media Release

The Bangle Foundation Media Release

After the startling revelations from a police whistle-blower. Steven Marshall, over the weekend, The Bangle Foundation asks for assurances from Commissioner Katarina Carroll, that women’s stories will be heard with compassion and confidence. 

Officer Steven Marshall released audio of officers at the Brisbane Watchhouse talking about victims and accused using disturbing language laced with racism and misogyny. The Bangle Foundation, a voluntary domestic abuse support service for South Asian women is disappointed that this sort of attitude is still prevalent today and asks, can the Police be trusted to act on assaults and domestic abuse, when it seems there is a streak of systemic misogyny within the QPS. 

“Women, and especially women Of colour, go to the Police when they are at their most vulnerable, and are on many occasions reluctant to do so, considering the societal pressures they undergo when making that decision”, Ms Yasmin Khan, Director of The Bangle Foundation, said today. 

“It’s always hard to get women to report domestic abuse and sexual assaults to the Police, and for women of colour this under-reporting only harms their ability to get help and services. We encourage women to engage with the Police if something happens, but now even I would think twice, and will probably be seeking a female Officer to talk to or some of the trusted police officers that I personally know, because of these candid discussions that have come to light. 

Commissioner Katarina Carroll has acknowledged that there is racism and misogyny within the ranks of the QPS, and when there is such a focus on domestic abuse, indigenous incarceration, wrongful deaths, and youth crime across the State, the systemic abuse within the police service is a worrying problem that she must dismantle, with urgency. The Queensland community needs to feel safe and listened to when dealing with the QPS, and if people Of colour and women especially, now feel they are mocked or sexualised, this will only further erode confidence in the QPS and lead to victims disengaging with police.” 

Ms Khan went on to say, “unfortunately what this shows is that whilst we may be in the 21st century, many people still think that racism and sexism, derogatory name calling and sexual innuendo is still a thing today. We need to keep up the fight to eliminate this scourge, because the consequences are dire if we don’t”. 

Media contact: Yasmin Khan 0419 025 510
4 November 2022

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