The Show Must Go On?

The show is still in theatres with the protagonist now Donald Trump and others …

Sarah Michon Cloutier

Latin – collusionem “act of colluding,” from colludere, from com- “together” + ludere “to play,” from ludus “game” (see ludicrous).

English – collusion – secret agreement for a fraudulent purpose; connivance; conspiracy. To defraud another of his or her rights.

Esther Rantzen (English journalist and television presented who worked at he BBC from 1965-2006 and founder of the child protection charity, ChildLine) is quoted in the ITV documentary Exposure: Tthe Other Side of Jimmy Savile, “We colluded in this”.

There are now over 200 claims of sexual abuse and pedophilia against Jimmy Savile from women (who were girls) from charities he was the patron, hospitals he volunteered in, while he was at the BBC, in the girl’s home he was a patron – over a period of about 60 years. The man was a predator and if he was alive, the documentary claims he would be arrested.

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Australia – Marriage Equality

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Dear Mr Hockey,

Fortunately, we are living in a democratic society, where we have the right to vote on what governs our lives. Those votes are attached to people like you and me, who have a voice and choose to exercise that.

The vote against a free vote for marriage equality has shown the world, through the expression of the sitting government, that Australia is retarded, misguided and bigoted in our view on humanity. We are all equal, in essence, regardless of gender, socio economic status, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

The Coalition party has given all Australians the opportunity to voice their disappointment (disgust is more truthful) at the appalling lack of understanding, care or compassion for our equal citizens.

We implore you to take a stand and honour all of us, equally so, and express your compassion and understanding for every single Australian.

What if one of your three children is LGBT? What will you say to them in 15 years time when they ask why you didn’t act?

Yours sincerely, Sarah Cloutier

Relationships Workshop – Sydney

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Esoteric Women’s Health is hosting the upcoming: Women In Livingness Relationships Workshop 1 day | Cost $85 | SUNDAY 19th JULY 2015 Leichhardt Town Hall, corner Marion and Norton Streets, Leichhardt. This full day workshop offers women the opportunity to expand their understanding of relationships with family, intimate partners, friends and work colleagues. It offers pathways for breaking down the ideals, beliefs and misconceptions that hinder the loving relationships we all desire.

Find out more at the Women in Livingness Sydney page

Beat Women …

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Why isn’t the media talking about domestic violence?

Do they think it won’t sell papers?

They are probably right.

Who wants to hear that UN statistics show that 1 in 3 women worldwide will be the victim of domestic violence?

Does the world really want to know that 73% of homicide murder results in the death of a woman at the hands of a partner or ex-partner?

Who really wants to hear that almost 50% of women who were in a relationship had their previous partner be violent towards them? The media think you really don’t want to know that even though these women got themselves out of the abusive relationship, their ex-partner found them and attacked them. Do you?

Who wants to know that women are then going to be ridiculed and blamed for their attack? “Don’t provoke the man”.

Do you want to be reminded of how it felt to be attacked or attack?

Do we really think that by ignoring the FACT of the enormity of the violence that it will go away? The ‘ostrich’ approach isn’t working. Obviously.

The rates are increasing and no one cares.

Do you want to think about your sister, mother, daughter, friend, cousin, niece, grand daughter being beaten senseless? Or do you see those statistics as something that happens to other people?

Why are you not saying to your brother, son, father, grand father, cousin, nephew or friend that being violent towards women is not acceptable under any circumstances? Is it too confronting to challenge someone on their cowardice and the evil they are allowing to run through them?

The media want us to focus on other things – get us infuriated about fracking or global warming or celebrities because that means we don’t have to look in the mirror.

They know what they’re doing – don’t be fooled that they don’t know how to manipulate you.

Wake up.

Speak up.

Don’t beat women.

 

The Wonder of our Elders

This week has been a gift for me to experience the grace, wisdom and inspiration from our Elders. I have been producing a series of national radio commercials for the Australian Government to support their new Aged Care policy.

Spanish, Greek, Croatian, Italian, Vietnamese, Dutch, Polish, Arabic, German, Cantonese, Indigenous and Australian Elders aged between 55 and 75 years old graced me with their presence to record a beautiful array of their voices, speaking in their natural language.

Their expression is timeless.

How often do we actually listen to our Elders?

I realised that I don’t have many in my life apart from my parents and relatives, so it was truly beautiful to feel their enthusiasm and gratitude to be involved in this wonderful project. I cherish what they offer – wisdom, humour, joie de vivre and heart.

Even though the engineer and I didn’t know what they were saying, we could absolutely feel whether they were relaxed or tense, confident or shy, natural or forced by the way they were reading the script. Each one had their own passion and commitment to life.

Truly inspirational.

Remember – treat them with the essence of honour they deserve – that will be us one day.

With love, Sarah

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Inspirational Young Australians

Viv Benjamin, Ben Milgate, Otis Carey and Marita Cheng are all inspirational young Australians and I had the pleasure of working with them on a series of online videos to promote their part in the Optus Live More #Yes Project. 

How often we are force-fed media stories about young people who are in trouble with the law, drugs and excess? They sell news subscriptions, magazines and newspapers. The trouble with these stories is that they show that celebrity and fame often have a negative effect on those in the spotlight.

Optus decided to find some inspirational young Australians and direct their energy to supporting other young Australians to make some waves, shake things up and get some inspirational projects happening in our world.

Great to be involved in the #yesproject and meet these wonderfully humble, gracious and awesome overachievers.

We really can do anything we want if we stay strong and are doing something we love!

Simply live the real you!

Sarah

(Production manager + post supervisor + stills photographer)

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Letter to the Health Minister of Australia

Dear Tanya Plibersek,

With the Federal Election immanent, I would like to know your future strategy on mental health for the coming term, should you retain power.

My mother is looking after my mentally ill brother and is exhausted. He’s now 46 was diagnosed schizophrenic 26 years ago.

Could you please let me know what your policy will be for mental health support? It has been stripped bare over the last ten years and families all over the country are suffering because there is no federal initiative and state governments are not receiving funding or strategy so are cutting back on resources, facilities and phone support.

With mental illness, bipolar disorder, depression and suicide rates increasing dramatically, it is obvious there is a time bomb waiting to explode. This is deeply concerning and the worrying trend of ignoring mental health support will come at a huge cost to our fabric of society. What is your strategy for dealing with the impact on families and society of mental illness?
Why is no-one talking about this issue?

Your response will be very much appreciated.

Yours truly,
Sarah M Cloutier