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Jayne hopes to gain more insight into whether the #MeToo movement can achieve the type of goals we aim for in the criminal justice system.

Jayne O'Connor - Me Too?: Online Sexual Violence Activism and Indigenous Women’s Search for Criminal Justice

 

The current title of my PhD is "Me Too?: Online Sexual Violence Activism and Indigenous Women’s Search for Criminal Justice". The thesis explores the differing narratives and processes for sexual assault allegations in judicial and extrajudicial contexts, with a focus on Indigenous Australian women's experiences. What this basically means is: how does the criminal court process differ from the social-media-driven #MeToo process? How does the narrative differ, especially in terms of a court process being more defendant focused and a social media process being more victim focused? Ultimately, I hope to gain more insight into whether the #MeToo movement can achieve the type of goals we aim for in the criminal justice system, so I will be using a justice-based evaluative framework.

I chose to study this area because sexual violence (ranging from catcalling and harassment to sexual assault) has become a major topic of conversation globally. We have entered a new era of feminist thought and activism that is more inclusive and holistic. The #MeToo movement is a fascinating approach to seeking justice because it both rejects the existing criminal justice system as faulty and demands participation from it. I wanted to focus on indigenous women because they are one of the groups most at risk of sexual violence in Australia, yet they remain largely invisible in society and in the #MeToo conversation. Finally, I was interested in exploring #MeToo in the Australian context because, although the Australian and American criminal justice systems are similar in many ways, the movement has not taken off here the way it has in the US. I would like to take a closer look at why that is and how existing defamation laws may be stifling the movement.

 

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