I am a woman of colour.
I am also a journalist, a blogger, a journalist of a particular stripe.
But I’m also a writer.
So I have been in contact with a number of men of colour in the last week.
There is no question they are women, queer, queer-friendly, women of colour, who have been assaulted, abused, trafficked, or have their lives shattered by the actions of men in the media.
In one instance, a man I am speaking to has been sexually assaulted by a man he thought was a man.
When I asked why he thought he had to do this to someone who looks like me, he said he did not know why he did it, because he does not identify with men.
A week after the rape, a colleague at the Daily Telegraph, a leading news outlet in Australia, was attacked in broad daylight.
He was walking to his car to get into a parking space when he was assaulted.
Another man, a member of the media who has worked for the Daily Mail and other newspapers, was assaulted by another man at a pub in Melbourne in October.
He said that he did “not want to be a witness to what could have happened to this man”.
A man was punched in the face in Sydney in August.
The victim was punched three times, the offender then fled the scene, while another man in a car was also attacked.
In Sydney, an unidentified man was attacked and robbed by a group of men after a night out at the Sydney Harbour Bridge in October last year.
I spoke to another man who has been assaulted in the past week.
He told me about being robbed by two men while walking home from a nightclub, and being sexually assaulted while in his car by a gang of four men who attacked him.
His story has not been made public.
He also told me that he was sexually assaulted at the same bar a week before he was attacked by the four men.
“It was so traumatic,” he said.
“I was walking home after going to a nightclub and I thought it was a great night out and I didn’t see the two men who were there, and I just ran.”
“Then, a little bit later, the guys in the group that attacked me came up behind me and started punching me.
I thought, ‘OK, I’ll take the hit and just run.'”
A woman was also raped by three men while waiting for her taxi in Brisbane last month.
She told me the incident was “horrific” and that she had been walking home alone at the time of the assault, but when she arrived, she found her attacker had “put his hand on me”.
She was then sexually assaulted again by the same men in her taxi, this time when she tried to call police.
“I just started crying,” she said.
The assaults have been particularly painful because of the fact that men in our society do not get a fair hearing in court.
One woman I spoke to told me how her boyfriend was beaten to death by a white man on a busy street in Melbourne.
She said that she did not feel safe walking alone at night after that.
As a journalist working in the community, she is not immune to these kinds of attacks.
I also spoke to a woman who was attacked while walking her dog on a quiet street in central Sydney.
This woman told me she was walking her two dogs at the end of her driveway when a man approached and grabbed her, pinning her to the ground and shouting at her to “go home” and “go back to your country”.
“He was in his mid-30s and was about 6’3” tall, with a slim build, very dark hair and a dark beard.
He also had large tattoos on his arms and neck.
After a few seconds, he punched me in the mouth and threw me onto the ground, kicking and stamping on my head,” she told me.
Then, he threw me to the side of the road. “
As I was lying there, he grabbed me by the arm and dragged me out of the street.
Then, he threw me to the side of the road.
I was crying because I felt so helpless.
He then ran away.”
The attack was recorded on CCTV and sent to police.
But the woman who reported the attack said that the police had failed to investigate the matter, leaving her with no evidence to support her account.
For a man to be beaten and robbed is a crime that goes to the heart of the whole justice system.
But the assault and rape of this woman in Sydney’s inner west is not just about the man who attacked her.
It is also about what the men in this group think about women of color, queer women of all backgrounds, who they believe are too often seen as “easy targets”.
The Daily Telegraph has since published an apology to its readers after publishing an article