A report by the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) reveals 45 per cent of women in the state’s psychiatric hospitals have been sexually assaulted in their care.
Moreover, the report finds 70 per cent of women who end up in psychiatric hospitals have been victims of some form of sexual abuse. In fact for many it is the cause of their mental illness.
In spite of recent changes, including women-only rooms, victims say the systems in place to protect them and the responses of hospitals are woefully inadequate.
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