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  • This scene's a little bit tense.

  • Tell me a bit about this man.

  • He was punching me with his fist and he broke my ears.

  • The green house, we'll go in.

  • How many times do you think he raped you?

  • Almost all my life.

  • What type of people do you usually target?

  • Go!

  • INDISTINCT

  • I'd arrived in Port Moresby,

  • the capital of Papua New Guinea, 100 miles off Australia's northern tip.

  • This place is regularly voted the worst place in the world to live.

  • With one of the highest rape and sexual violence rates in the world,

  • perpetrators are rarely prosecuted.

  • But some victims are taking a stand.

  • Leah, can we go?

  • HE SPEAKS OWN LANGUAGE

  • Leah has taken action to put a restraining order against her husband.

  • He's basically been abusing her for seven or so years.

  • Hopefully, this is the end for you.

  • Yeah, to end violence.

  • Tell me a bit about this man.

  • Two weeks before I went into my labour,

  • he beat me at my workplace.

  • How badly?

  • I had black eyes.

  • He was punching me with his fist and it broke my ears.

  • I had bleed...er, with my eyes there was a blood clot

  • formed on this side of my eye.

  • Now it's time to show him that this is not OK, and today is the day.

  • I don't want my children to grow in this violent life.

  • I've got to end the violence now.

  • And I've got to tell my son and daughter that violence

  • against women is not acceptable.

  • The green house, we'll go in. That's the uncle's house.

  • Does he know we're coming?

  • It's going to be a surprise.

  • There's a lot of his family around here, and I'm guessing they're not

  • going to be very happy, so I don't know where this is going to go.

  • That's his mum? Yeah.

  • Hello, come.

  • Leah's husband isn't at home.

  • But his mother can legally sign the restraining order on his behalf.

  • It must be very difficult to have to do this. Yes, it is. But I've got to do it. I...

  • Yeah. Well done. Well done for being strong.

  • I have tears in my eyes.

  • It shows you how difficult it is to do something like this.

  • You know, this is this lady's family.

  • She's got kids with this guy.

  • And you have to basically go up against people you've known for years.

  • What do you think of her bringing the police here?

  • As a female, I think it's good.

  • It's good that she's...? Yeah, it's good.

  • The majority of the men, they have this mentality where they

  • think women must be just right underneath their feet.

  • Like Leah, two out of three women here

  • will suffer abuse or violence in their lifetime.

  • How big is the problem?

  • How many cases have you seen this year?

  • From January to May, we had about 6,000.

  • And those cases are the ones that are reported.

  • And...and unreported, try and imagine.

  • Why are so many women being abused?

  • How can I put it? It's a normal thing.

  • To any man in Papua New Guinea, it's a normal.

  • To hit your girlfriend, your partner, your girlfriend, your wife?

  • Yes.

  • I've been told that some of the worst perpetrators are the Raskols here.

  • That's the local name for criminals or gangs.

  • And I've been told that quite often, they use rape

  • as gang initiation for new members.

  • They've agreed to meet me, hopefully.

  • There's about seven guys there, all considerably larger than me.

  • Let's meet the Raskols.

  • These are the leaders of the 13 Casino Raskol gang.

  • They're notorious for robbing and raping,

  • and amazingly, they don't care about showing their faces on camera.

  • So is this where we're...we're speaking inside? Yes, yes.

  • OK. This is the way. We're going to wait there.

  • To win their trust, I have to try betel nut,

  • a psychoactive drug used all over Papua New Guinea.

  • Chew the whole thing? Yeah.

  • It doesn't necessarily taste very nice.

  • As you chew, you just spit it out. Oh, it's red. It's red.

  • I've just got to say, I am most definitely feeling different.

  • Sweating quite a lot. Yes. Yes. Yes.

  • What is that? It's um...yeah, yeah, yeah. It's quite... First time.

  • How long does it usually last for?

  • That is the cutest gun pouch I've ever seen. That is very small.

  • So is this literally, just a...it's a piece of pipe? Yes. It's just a piece of pipe.

  • Has everyone here taken a life?

  • With the betel nut coursing through me, I was feeling brave

  • enough to ask some tricky questions.

  • I heard that some gangs in Papua New Guinea,

  • as an initiation thing, you...

  • Some young men have to have sex with a woman,

  • kind of, like, rape a woman. Have you heard of this?

  • Yeah, yeah. How normal is that?

  • Yes.

  • Is that necessary? Do you have to do that?

  • It's quite hard to get my head around.

  • I've been told that in Papua New Guinea

  • it's reasonably common to occasionally belt your wife to make sure she's...

  • Have you belted your wife before?

  • What is a belting?

  • Like punch?

  • Have you actually shot her in the leg?

  • Really?

  • I mean, do you, do you, do you love your wives?

  • You mustn't love her.

  • If you kind of love your wife, why would you belt her?

  • Do you feel like you're bad people?

  • Carjacking is their biggest money-maker.

  • What type of people do you usually target?

  • Hello. I'm Ben. Very nice to meet you.

  • Are you the victim today? Are you the car driver? Yeah.

  • All right. Fantastic. Are you excited? I'll try!

  • All right. Shall we...?

  • I'll follow you guys, follow your lead.

  • So they're demonstrating to me how they rob women,

  • who they consider very easy targets, of their cars.

  • We have a gunman, we have a machete wielder and then we have a driver.

  • I mean, it's all fun and games now,

  • but it's absolutely terrifying if you're involved in something

  • like this, and it could end up with you losing your life very easily.

  • Is this the car? Yes. The car's coming.

  • That's the car.

  • Go, go, go, go, go!

  • Come on, out, out!

  • Shock! That is quite...

  • OK, I'm really shocked.

  • Are you OK?

  • It's really shocking, honestly. It's really shocking.

  • Quite scared? Yeah, it's really, like, real.

  • They said that they target women, like, exclusively.

  • Have you had something like this happen to you? Yeah.

  • Yeah, I did, before, once when I was driving.

  • Is it scary being a lady in Papua New Guinea,

  • cos things like this happen? Yes. Yes, it is.

  • That was pretty terrifying. Yeah, yeah, that was so fast.

  • Yeah. When we get a vehicle, we don't waste time.

  • Come here, Alex. Come here, Alex.

  • Yeah, I mean, that was quite the experience.

  • You know, it's all about being strong, being in control.

  • If your wife doesn't listen to you, you punch her in the face,

  • otherwise you're not a man, and that is depressing.

  • In the face of so much male violence,

  • it felt like women in Port Moresby were constantly under threat.

  • But there is help. Safe houses have been set up around the city,

  • where women can seek refuge from abuse.

  • I was meeting Susan.

  • She's been staying at this safe house for the last two months.

  • Does it make you sad, so many women go through the same thing?

  • Yeah, so many.

  • Most all of the Papua New Guinea women.

  • You honestly think it's nearly all women?

  • Yeah, because most of them, you know, just staying there.

  • They don't come out, they just stay there.

  • How long was he abusive for?

  • Er, we've been married since 2000

  • and then, all these years through to 2018, he's been abusing me.

  • What exactly was he doing to you?

  • He just cut my hand, see here.

  • Really? Yeah. 35 stitch.

  • So he slashed it? Yeah.

  • One time he chased me, and I ran. I jump off the window.

  • This leg has been broken, this one came at the back,

  • and the heel went through the front.

  • Like it's turning around, full revolution.

  • How many times do you think he raped you?

  • Almost all my life.

  • Almost all my life. Since we've got married.

  • Did his family ever say anything