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Worried about men and violence? Girls can be just as bad

FIGURES showing women are becoming more aggressive come as no surprise to Gladstone resident Joanne Fulham, who was attacked by a fellow female patron outside a local nightclub.

"Without a doubt, I'm more afraid of drunken violence from girls than guys," she said.

"Often it takes a lot for a woman to become violent, but when they do, they aren't in a half mind about it."

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In 2013, statistics revealed the fairer sex was not so much fair as ferocious.

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Ms Fulham described the evening almost 11 months ago that altered her perception about females forever.

While waiting for a friend out the front of a CBD drinking spot around midnight, a simple misunderstanding escalated into violence.

It's frightening that young women now are squaring off each other like they are in a boxing ring.

Ms Fulham was held by the throat by another woman and was hit repeatedly in the head with a closed fist.

"I'm still unsure of how exactly I became a victim," she said.

"There were guys standing around who could've helped, but none of them came to help me."

Security guards eventually assisted in breaking up the confrontation, which began as a 'threat' to Ms Fulham to stop her talking to the attacker's partner.

"When people imagine two girls fighting, it's scratching and hair pulling," said Ms Fulham.

"It's frightening that young women now are squaring off each other like they are in a boxing ring."

Lucky to escape serious injury, the event has highlighted the need to curb binge drinking.

Ms Fulham, 29, claims the incident has prevented her from attending several celebrations, including work functions and birthdays.

"There are just too many idiots out there. It's not worth the risk in my eyes."

Although drunken violence has largely been stereotyped as a male dominated issue, figures are suggesting binge drinking is having an adverse effect on the behaviour of both genders.

Queensland statistics for 2013:

  • 0.3 % increase in female prisoners
  • 6.4 % increase in imprisonmnet rates
  • Indigenous persons are 12.2 times more likely than non-indigenous persons to be in prison
  • 64.5 % of prisoners were recidivist offenders
  • 22.2 % of prisoners were unsentenced

Have you noticed more girls getting into physical fights in the last few years?

This poll ended on 28 February 2014.

Yes, I believe there has been an increase - 80%

No, the level of violence appears to be the same - 12%

I don't know - 7%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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