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Carolyn
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Controversial author and advocate from a policewoman.

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Carolyn Pethick

A Policewoman's Story', To Hell and Back, might be a salutary lesson for all women who dare to retaliate against men's bullying in male-dominated professions. It is brave, impassioned, and, ultimately, a sad and frustrating read.

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After serving for over 30 years with Victoria Police, Carolyn Pethick is travelling Australia and afar talking to groups and businesses about her experiences of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment within the ranks of Victoria Police.

Both her talks and her book "To Hell and Back - A Policewoman's Story', are aimed at encouraging women to speak up and report the discriminative treatment that women experience in the workplace daily. She is also educating the offenders on the long term effects that these behaviours can have on their victims. Carolyn has made it her mission to be the voice of the victims, both male and female, who are too scared or intimidated to speak out for themselves.

"I could have stayed in the Police Force and continued my career but when the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission Review into discrimination within Victoria Police was released I knew I had to resign and become a champion of change and publish my book. We all have a responsibility to encourage change."

She is also advocating for the promised compensation to be paid to the hundreds of police members who went through similar experiences that she endured. In December 2015 the Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton and the Premier Daniel Andrews publically apologised to these members and promised that no matter what the cost, these members would be compensated. Nearly three years later and this promise has still not been addressed. Despite constant calls to both Victoria Police and Politicians the "Redress Scheme" is still not in operation.

Carolyn will not give up pushing for this promise to come to fruition as she believes it will make other workplaces think twice about allowing this type of behaviour being "acceptable". "If it starts to actually cost them money then maybe they will rethink about taking appropriate action when a report is made."

There are heroes: police officers who supported her throughout; and villains, who sought to put the image of the Victorian Police Force first.
Pethick was almost broken by the systematic wrongs done to her. The final outcome was small comfort. 'It was just an administrative error. Legally you cannot do anything about it,' she was told. But this slim volume is her testament and it may serve to help others caught up in similar situations.

Today she is stronger, more resilient and vocal and wants to get to potential offenders and victims early. She speaks to high school students as well as businesses and has had great results.

In the words of one year 10 student- "Your talk has really helped me lately when I worry what people are thinking about me and then I remember what you said, they are more likely to be thinking only about themselves. It gets me through another day. ´Thank you"

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The inner culture of Victoria Police

The general public believe police stress is mainly due to the work they perform but the truth is that most stress comes from within the management of a male dominated environment An inspiring story of one woman's 30 year career in a 'male job'. A hypnotising contemplation of bullying, harassment, discrimination and overall survival. Carolyn's memoir will open every reader's mind to a new perspective on the Victoria Police Force. Carolyn has dared to 'bare all' and tell her harrowing story of a long career serving the public as a police officer. Her memoir and public speaking events are aimed at encouraging women to speak up and report the discriminative behaviour they experience in the workplace daily. She is not only educating and encouraging others but ensuring all victims know they are never alone. ____ The general public believe police stress is mainly due to the work they perform but the truth is that most stress comes from within the management

Women in the work force

For years women have been discriminated/harassed in the work force - Carolyn has taken a stand against it on behalf of all women but believes the time has come to be careful not to change the tide and start discriminating against men. ____ For years women have been discriminated/harassed in the work force - Carolyn took a stand against it

Sexual Discrimination and Bullying

Carolyn reported her discrimination and bullying and the repercussions were even worse. Hear how she persevered and made it through her ordeal only to become stronger, resilient and happy in her new career of empowering the underdog _____ Carolyn reported her discrimination and bullying and the repercussions were even worse. Hear how she persevered and made it through her ordeal

Women in the workforce in the 1980s and 1990s and until Today

The majority of women in the workforce during the 1980s and 1990s should be able to relate to Carolyn's story. Although Carolyn speaks about her role in a male dominated Police Force her story relates to every working environment. ______ All women in the work force during the 1980s and 1990s should be able to relate to Carolyn’s story

Stand Up For What you Believe in - No Matter how hard - Don’t give up

Carolyn still believes that when you believe something is wrong - speak out and stand up no matter what the immediate result. It is the only way to bring change. You need to keep your "power" - no one can take that from you _______ Carolyn still believes that when you believe something is wrong - speak out and stand up no matter what the immediate result. It is the only way to bring change.
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“I congratulate you on having the courage to tell your story. I am sure your book will play an important role in promoting a better culture for women in the police force” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews
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