ABC and Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery have distanced themselves from recent comments made by Germaine Greer after she suggested the punishment for rape should be reduced.
Last month Greer said some rape cases should be considered as “non-consensual… bad sex” rather than “spectacularly violent crime” as most “don’t involve any injury whatsoever”.
ABC yesterday said in a statement, “The 11 July episode of Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery featuring Germaine Greer was recorded several months prior to Ms Greer’s recent comments about rape.
“There is no reference to rape or sexual assault in the episode. Neither the ABC nor Julia Zemiro endorse or support Ms Greer’s claims about rape and violence.
“Sexual violence is a serious problem in Australia. We treat any comments or claims about sexual violence very seriously and disavow any suggestion that rape does not involve injury or violence.
“Julia Zemiro is a proud ambassador of Our Watch, which drives nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children.”
ABC initially had the Greer episode scheduled to run earlier in the season run, but moved it to the series final last night.
Earlier this season a frank episode with Rebecca Gibney reflecting on historic abuse within her family became the subject of tabloid headlines following an unauthorised press release.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au.