27 Jul, 2012 Last updated: 30 Nov, 2014

VicHealth congratulates journalist Clem Bastow for winning the top award for her opinion piece on a song that ‘normalises’ sexual violence. The EVAs Media Awards recognise journalists for excellence in the reporting of violence against women in print, television, radio and online media.

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VicHealth congratulates journalist Clem Bastow for winning the top award for her opinion piece on a song that ‘normalises’ sexual violence.

The EVAs Media Awards (Eliminating Violence Against Women Media Awards) honour journalists for excellence in the reporting of violence against women, in print, television, radio and online media; and celebrate media contributions to the prevention of violence against women. Entries are judged on journalistic merit, with emphasis on the promotion of community awareness and understanding of violence against women, and in inspiring community interest and action.

Gold EVA - BEST MEDIA ACROSS CATEGORIES

Clem Bastow
Brian McFadden - 'Just The Way You Are' (Singled Out)
Inpress Magazine JUDGES' REMARKS

Congratulations on an excellent piece of journalism.

"This is a controversial music review that reaches in and rips the heart out of the social myths and behaviours that tolerate, excuse, minimise and romanticise violence against women. Clem’s piece pushes so many boundaries on this issue, saying something incredibly important in a popular culture medium which is too often viewed as safe from criticism. She surprises the reader with a total lack of acceptance for gender subtext that ‘boys will be boys’. She tackles multiple facets within the issue of sexual assault, in particular the disregard for consent, the attitude that rape is trivial or funny, and that men ‘don’t really mean it’. Clem contextualises her arguments by quoting current statistics, informing the public on the extent of the real problem. She crushes the tacit belief that these kinds of recordings are somehow ok, and brings into question all those involved in the production of music like this."

For other winners and finalists, download the media release or visit www.evas.org.au