Cassie Jaye correctly IDs Batty’s son as the victim of DV
MSN reports she stunned the “Project panel into silence over insensitive Rosie Batty comments”.
rights movement, exploring suicide rates, sexual assault, custody issues and implies both genders are
equally harmed by domestic violence.
The film has faced severe backlash in Australia, with many theatres cancelling screenings.
“We’ve had a lot of success in other countries, so Australia is really the only place we’ve had protests
and petitions and banning like this,” Jaye said.
When asked if she could understand why the topic could be contentious, she said she didn’t understand.
“I’m curious what is different about Australia that makes this topic so polarising, so fearful to people
that they actually want to shut it down and silence it … I’m not sure why there’s so much resistance in
Australia,” she said.
Carrie Bickmore explained this was probably due to domestic violence being “really on the agenda” in
Australia, quoting Rosie Batty’s devastating loss as to why violence against women is “not tolerated” here.
“And it was his son that passed?” Jaye asked the hosts.
Bickmore replied: “It was his son … that was killed by his father.”
“That’s interesting, because it shows that there are male victims of domestic violence,” Jaye replied.
The entire panel paused before Waleed Aly incredulously asked: “Sorry — that’s the lesson you took from that?”
“The point I think a lot of people take from that is that the violence was perpetrated by the man in that situation
— as it overwhelmingly is — particularly in cases where there’s a fatality.”
When asked if she thought making sweeping generalisations about both genders suffering in a similar way from
domestic violence was dangerous, Jay turned it back on feminism.
“I definitely see generalising as dangerous and we see that very often from female rights activisits,” she countered.
“I did leave feminism after making this film, because I see feminism as having blinders on — it only focuses on
women’s issues, and girls’ issues.”