When the most powerful lobbyist in Florida discovers that the nanny has sexually abused his daughter, he harnesses his extraordinary political power to pass the toughest sex offender laws in the US. UNTOUCHABLE chronicles his crusade, and its impact on the lives of several of the 800,000 people forced to live under the kinds of laws he has championed. The film interweaves intimate portraits of men and women who have been branded sex offenders with the heartbreaking stories of those who have suffered sexual abuse. It is a film that pushes viewers toward an uncomfortable place, requiring them to walk in the shoes of those who have survived sexual abuse, but to still bear witness to the experiences of those we revile.
“The film opens our eyes to the suffering of people on both sides of a controversial fence. Made with compassion for all of its subjects, the film is a fascinating look into how laws are created with the best of intentions, but enforced in problematic and sometimes destructive ways.” ~ Tribeca Jury
Winner of the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award at the Tribeca Film Festival
Winner of the jury prize at the the Berkshire International Film Festival
Winner of the SIMA Impact Award for Transparency
Mayumi Purvis, PhD, is a clinical criminologist, independent consultant, researcher and academic. She has been course co-ordinator and co-lecturer in a post-graduate course in sexual offender management at the University of Melbourne for the past 8 years, and has delivered training to over 2000 correctional staff around Australia on sexual offender management.
Mayumi has published widely in the area of sexual offender management and is the lead author of “Applying the Good Lives Model to the Case Management of Sexual Offenders: A Practical Guide for Probation Officers, Parole Officers, and Case Workers”.
Mayumi now lectures in counselling ethics at Monash University and works as a therapist in her own private practice in Bayside.
Caroline Ellen is a social worker who believes all children deserve a childhood free to play and discover.
As a social worker for Berry Street for close to a decade, Caroline worked in therapeutic foster care. Partnering with foster carers and Child Protection, Caroline’s focus was helping children to recover from trauma. She supported children who had experienced all forms of abuse, including children demonstrating sexualised behaviours as a result of abuse.
Caroline is also a qualified protective behaviours facilitator working to prevent child sexual abuse. She has delivered Act for Kids’ pioneering body safety program, ‘Learn to Be Safe with Emmy & Friends’ to more than 3000 primary school children.
As the founder of Safer Stronger Kids, Caroline’s mission is to improve children’s physical and emotional safety through stronger child-parent relationships. She offers accessible parent mentoring and innovative online courses. Caroline’s flagship body safety program empowers parents to initiate difficult conversations and create a family culture of body safety.
Caroline holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne. She has completed a Diploma of Management, a Diploma of Project Management and the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
You can find Caroline on Facebook at Caroline Ellen – Safer Stronger Kids.
About the event
Through thought-provoking events that inspire action, and using the power of film to illuminate the issues of our time, Suburban Sandcastles is a movement for people seeking to live with their minds opened by wonder, not closed by belief. Join us at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Bayside Melbourne for a nourishing meal, fresh juice, wholefood snacks, beer and wine, all available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our wellness and lifestyle exhibitors.
5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel
9.00pm event concludes