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Youth and Safety

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 “IN AFRICA, where I come from, we see police as our friends … Police in Africa look at both sides because people all have the same colour. They don't say, 'You are this one or you are that one', they just get the truth out of it. But here they judge by colour or nationality, or they just judge by colour.'' These words, from a young Sudanese woman living in Melbourne's west, explode the common assumption that new arrivals to Australia bring with them negative views about police, formed in their home country, particularly if they come as refugees from war zones. Her sense that Australian police are too quick to stereotype young people on the basis of race or cultural background was shared by many of the more than 500 young people aged 15 to 19 who talked to me and Associate Professor Jenny Sharples for a study on what young people in this region think about safety, youth violence and relationships with police.”

 

 

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