Friday, June 08, 2012

Bravery Award For Wife Beater

In a disgusting example of the Royal Humane Society's support of a wife beater, they have awarded Paul Francis McCuskey with a bravery award for his rescue of an elderly woman as well as her pets during Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires - and given him this award whilst he's serving a 3 year jail term for numerous assaults on his former partner.

This is a disgraceful turn of events that the Royal Humane Society has effectively chosen to ignore.  How can a violent wife beater - he kicked her in the stomach while she was pregnant and later kicked her so hard in the head he severed her optic nerve, making her permanently blind in one eye - be awarded with a bravery award - especially as he's serving a violence-related jail term.

Quentin Bryce, the Australian Governor-General has put her weight behind the appeal to compassion for Jeannie Blackburn, McCuskey's former partner, for the retraction of the bravery award to McCluskey and to keep the Royal Humane Society in some form of moral acceptability to Australian society.

I signed the petition for this award to be retracted on 1st June - there's currently over 14,200 signatures to this petition.  I encourage anyone who finds violence unacceptable and who cannot accept the awarding of a bravery award to a person serving jail time for a violent crime to head over to and sign the petition.


The Outspoken Wookie

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