Brutal and random violence against women in public spaces has sparked a nationwide discussion about safety and an outpouring of grief and anger.
But as the Sydney Morning Herald reports, a national study has shown men are much more likely to be hospitalised after becoming a victim of an assault by a stranger - something Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says is a worrying reflection of our deteriorating civil society.
Data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare revealed more than one in three assaults on males which resulted in hospitalisation in 2014-15, where the attacker was specified, were perpetrated by someone they did not know.
That compared to about one in 14 for females.
Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News, he's not surprised at the statistics given the state of Australian society.
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