WHEN: 27-28 July 2018
WHERE: RMIT University, Melbourne
Full Conference - $145* 
Friday night only - $60*
Saturday only - $115*
*Pension & student card holder concession rates available. 
Friday 27 July: 5:30pm - 9.15pm 
Saturday 28 July: 8:00am - 5pm
This conference will explore a range of issues in relation to sexual exploitation. We acknowledge that the topics discussed over the course of the conference may conflict with individually held values or cause distress. Participants are encouraged to approach conference organisers for counselling resources and referrals should they wish to access these services. 


Julie Bindel is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and researcher. She has been active in the global campaign to end violence towards women and children since 1979 and Julie has authored over 30 book chapters and reports on a range of topics relating violence and abuse of women and girls. 
Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls, known for her work addressing sexualisation, objectification, harms of pornography, sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women.

Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins is a member in the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament for the Western Metropolitan Region.  Prior to parliament, Rachel worked in the welfare sector for around 20 years and holds a PhD in social sciences, where she studied social movements supporting people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians and women in Australia. As the State Parliamentary Leader for the Australian Conservatives Party, Rachel is passionate about seeing cultural change in the way women and children are valued in society.

PAUL NINNES (Real Talk Australia)
Paul Ninnes is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Real Talk International,  an organisation focused on living with sexual integrity. Paul will be speaking at ASASE on 'Pornography and young people: Can we make a difference?'. 

SARAH M MAH (Asian Women for Equality, Canada)
Sarah is a member of the Asian Women for Equality Society, a feminist organization that is working to abolish prostitution as a form of male violence against women. They challenge the promotion and imposition of prostitution on Asian women at home in Canada and in their countries of origin throughout Asia. Sarah has been involved in feminist activism since 2009, and is currently a PhD candidate in the sciences at McGill University.

PROF S. Caroline Taylor AM (Children of Phoenix)​
Professor Taylor AM is a consultant, trainer, writer, public speaker and advocate with an international reputation for her work and advocacy in the area of child sexual abuse and exploitation and violence against women and children. An awarded researcher and author of books and peer reviewed journal publications, Caroline has received numerous national and international awards for her research and advocacy. Caroline is the Founder of Children of Phoenix, a registered charity that assists children and adults affected by childhood sexual abuse.
SABRINNA VALISCE (South Pacific Representative of SPACE International)​
Sabrinna exited the sex trade and became an activist agitating for the Nordic Model here and abroad. She spoke with various MP's in the UK to reopen an official inquiry into the effectiveness of these laws. She's spoken and written on numerous forums. She focusses most of her work on the detrimental effects of the Prostitution Reform Act 2003 which saw New Zealand fully decriminalise every aspect of the sex trade.

RORY BIRKBECK (Safe Surfer, NZ)​
Rory Birkbeck is the Co-Founder of Safe Surfer. A global platform used by 300,000+ users daily to block pornography. Rory is regarded as an expert in internet filtering and is also well known in his hometown of Tauranga, NZ for raising awareness of the harms of pornography on young people.

DR RENATE KLEIN (Women's Health Researcher & Author)
Dr Renate Klein is is a long-term women’s health researcher and has written extensively on reproductive technologies and genetic engineering over the last 30 years. A biologist and social scientist, she was Associate Professor in Women’s Studies at Deakin University. She is a co-founder of FINRRAGE (Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering) and an original signatory of Stop Surrogacy Now​​

Caitlin is an activist, writer and mother of three. She has spent eight years campaigning against the sexual exploitation of women and girls with grassroots organisation Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation. She is Chair of Adopt Nordic WA, a Reclaim The Night Perth committee member and a Huffington Post blogger. Caitlin contributed a commentary chapter to ‘Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade’.

SIMONE WATSON (Nordic Model Australia Coalition)
Simone Watson is a is a survivor of the legal and illegal sex trade in Australia. She is director of  Nordic Model Australia Coalition and a former human rights delegate for Amnesty International Western Australia. She is a speaker and activist against prostitution, a contributor to Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade (edited by Melinda Tankard Reist and Caroline Norma, Spinifex Press, 2016), and has been published in various media.

MELINDA LISZEWSKI (Campaigner & Activist)
Melinda is a campaigner against the sexualisation of children, objectification of women and an anti porn activist. She contributed a chapter for Big Porn Inc: exposing the harms of the global pornography industry. Melinda co-founded Collective Shout and worked as a campaigner and spokesperson with the organisation for 8 years.


Mobilising a public health approach to addressing the harms of pornography on children and young people
presented by Liz Walker and Tamara Newlands from eChildhood

Liz and Tamara will explain how the harms of pornography on children and young people are being addressed in Australia, and provide attendees with actionable ways to be involved in creating solutions.

Liz Walker is an accredited sexuality educator, speaker, author and Chair of eChildhood. Liz regularly provides consultancy to government, non-profit, and professional organizations, including through her role as Director of Health Education for Culture Reframed. Tamara Newlands is a sexuality educator, speaker, human development expert, consultant, and Executive Director of eChildhood.

Can a city be free from porn?

presented by Letitia Shelton from A City Free From Porn

In the city of Toowoomba a group of people, along with their Mayor Paul Antonio, have started a campaign called ‘A City Free from Porn’.  It is very much about educating and raising awareness in their city around the harms of pornography. Hear their journey from founder Letitia Shelton, what they have done so far and some of the strategies and tools they are using.

Best-practice, trauma-informed, mental-health support for women survivors of sexual exploitation

presented by Amanda McKay from Herspace

Amanda will present a session that brings personal stories of the impact of HerSpace support in the lives of survivors of sexual exploitation, along with information on the innovative, best-practice, trauma-informed mental health approaches that HerSpace Counsellors utilise in sessions. Amanda has over 9 years’ experience conducting 1:1, couples and family therapy sessions and 15 years facilitating Art Therapy Workshops.

Porn Addiction. Scientific fact or total fiction?    

presented by Jason Huxley from Go for Greatness

What makes porn so alluring? Can people really get hooked? What does the science say and how can we help people quit it for good. Jason Huxley founded Go For Greatness in 2012 with a focus of being a positive portal of help and support to those affected by pornography. As a former addict who used to spend up to 8 hours a day watching porn, Jason has plenty of insight into the implications it has on relationships and marriages. Jason has spoken out about pornography on TV and radio in Australia, America and the UK.


Interview with JESSICA LAIRD (St Kilda Gatehouse)
Jessica Laird is the CSE Practice Educator for St Kilda Gatehouse, at the Young Women’s Project (YWP). The YWP provides support for young women, 12 to 25 years old, who are at risk of, or affected by sexual exploitation. Jessica has been a clinician since 2005, a Registered Nurse, Provisional Psychologist, and Doctor of Clinical Psychology candidate currently. The research is focused on the development of sexual exploitation prevention and early-intervention for young women, through a partnership between St Kilda Gatehouse and Deakin University.



There is plenty of accommodation surrounding the RMIT conference venue on Swanston Street. These hotels have generously offered discounted rates for ASASE attendees. Information on how to book is available in the .pdf file for each hotel. 
Brady Hotel Central Melbourne

3 minute walk to conference venue. Lowest rates available with Rate Access Code.

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Fraser Place Melbourne

8 minute walk to conference venue. 20% discount on available room rates with code.

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Mantra on the Park

8 minute walk to conference venue. 20% Off the best available rate with supplied code if booked before 26/6/18.

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Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne

9 minute walk to conference venue. Room information and rates here

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