Our best year ever! Wins and highlights of 2019

What a year! Our team is tired...but elated. This year has seen us achieve some of our biggest wins in our 10-year history: and you helped us do it.

Here are some of our wins and highlights from 2019:

Following our campaign calling on 7-Eleven to withdraw unrestricted pornographic magazines that sexualise teen girls and encourage harassment, CEO Angus McKay instructed stores to pull the mags from sale. Shortly after, BP followed, and then Bauer Media Group announced it would no longer publish the titles. Read more. 

Bauer.pngMTR pictured with Brendon Hill, CEO of Bauer Media 

After a decade of campaigning, we declared victory after state transport ministers signed an agreement to deregister Wicked Camper vans where Ad Standards upheld complaints against sexist slogans and they refuse to comply. Read more. 

Members of the Collective Shout team spoke at the Australian Summit Against Sexual Exploitation at Parliament House, Brisbane. 

pablo_(60).pngCollective Shout Campaign Strategy Team, L- R: Melinda Liszewski, Coralie Alison, Melinda Tankard Reist, Caitlin Roper, Lyn Kennedy

Men's_panel_ASASE.jpegMelinda Tankard Reist chairing a panel at ASASE, featuring Daniel Principe and Richie Hardcore

After we exposed Honey Birdette’s pinkwashing of breast cancer awareness, the sex shop was forced to pull sexualised breast cancer promotional content under instructions from the McGrath Foundation. Read more. 

We exposed Amazon selling rape and incest-themed erotic books. Read more. 

Air Asia pulled their “Get off in Thailand” ads from a Brisbane City Council bus and Brisbane airport billboard after we called them out for promoting sex tourism. Campaigns Manager Melinda Liszewski was featured on Channel 9 News. Read moreAir_Asia_ML.png

We exposed Male Champions of Change facilitation of sexism and pornified imagery in shopping centres around the country. Team member Lyn Kennedy documented their corporate social responsibility failings in an article published in Mumbrella. Read more. 

‘Rape Day’ game was dumped from the world’s biggest gaming platform after our activism in a global campaign. Read more. 

Movement Director Melinda Tankard Reist was interviewed on the harms of porn culture by former deputy Prime Minister John Anderson. 

We partnered with the National Center On Sexual Exploitation (USA) and Defend Dignity (Canada) in a global campaign calling on Instagram to get rid of hundreds of predators we exposed on the pages of under-age girls, forcing Instagram to commit to addressing the problem. Read more. 

Ethical investment company Catholic Super agreed to our request to divest of shares in shopping centres hosting Honey Birdette and Ethinvest notifying them of an ‘ethical downgrade’. Read more.

We called out tech companies turning a blind eye to child sexual abuse, with Melinda Tankard Reist appearing on behalf of Collective Shout for the Standing Committee on Social Issues for the Inquiry into the Modern Slavery Act 2018 and associated matters. 


Melinda Tankard Reist gives evidence at the Modern Slavery Act hearing in NSW Parliament

Mariner Watches was forced to issue an apology over their sexually violent ads after a social media backlash. Read more. 

Melinda Tankard Reist was featured in a segment on ABC Religion and Ethics, discussing our #WakeUpInstagram campaign.

After our campaign calling for online pornography age verification, an inquiry was announced, and Melinda Tankard Reist and campaigns manager Melinda Liszewski testified at the Parliamentary hearing.

We contributed to major inquiries into child sexual exploitation, workplace sexual harassment, modern slavery, the advertising Code of Ethics, money laundering and age-verification to help limit kids’ exposure to porn. Read our submissions here.

Campaigns manager Caitlin Roper was featured in The West and in a segment on Channel 7’s Flashpoint, discussing the online abuse of women.


Caitlin Roper interviewed re online abuse

We exposed the failings of ad watchdog Ad Standards to regulate advertising, including their refusal to consider complaints- even when they were very similar to ads where complaints had previously been upheld. 

We shared our message with thousands of young people around the country as Melinda Tankard Reist gave workshops in schools.


Melinda Tankard Reist addresses Catholic Youth Festival in Perth

These wins and highlights would not have been possible without you. Thank you for your support, have a wonderful Christmas, and we look forward to kicking more goals with you in the new year.

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