John Laws needs to retire. The background to this story can be neatly summarized by the Herald Sun's article here. My viewpoint?
I am a psychologist who works with adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Comments such as those made by John Laws last week on 2SM are infinitely harmful to the healing process. These sensationalist reactions only confirm the inaccurate cognitions made by the child as s/he grows up. "It's all my fault" is the most common faulty belief that needs to be overcome. [NB.This can take years.] Apart from being cruel and insensitive, this form of (further) abuse is entirely frustrating to my work and to all the others in my profession who are trying to help people move on.
I've just submitted this to GetUp! in support of their campaign demanding an apology from John Laws himself, and then a committment from radio 2SM to educating their presenters in dealing with the subject of child sexual abuse.
Happy Woolloomooloo life, John.
Photo from Herald Sun