James Macready-Bryan was assaulted in the Melbourne CBD on 13th October 2006 while out with friends celebrating his 20th birthday. James, or MB as his friends call him, was knocked to the ground by a one-hit punch, his head smashed against the pavement and he suffered catastrophic and irreversible brain damage as a result. MB remains in a persistent vegetative state in a care home, is fed through a tube, and has very limited ability to move or communicate meaningfully with the outside world.
Step Back Think formed in the wake of this horrific incident. The aim of Step Back Think is to end social violence. They conduct research and educate young people about the horrific and damaging consequences that social violence has. Step Back Think also provides them with social skills to avoid situations that may get out of hand and result in violence. Since then, there have been many more victims of assaults. Many have sustained serious injuries and some have died as a result.
According to Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 83% of the offenders and 73% of the victims were male with the highest amount of incidents occurring among people aged 15-29. (AIHW 2011)
The Australian Institute of Criminology estimates that crime costs Australia nearly $36 billion a year – about 4.1 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Assault accounts for 7 % of this cost.
Lace Up Against Social Violence 2015 Campaign
In June 2015, Step Back Think gave sporting teams the opportunity to wear orange shoelaces and participate in one of their education presentations about positive actions athletes and clubs can take to avoid instances of violence. There were almost 30,000 athletes, 1500 teams and 18 different sporting codes represented.
- Robyn Macready-Bryan, James Macready-Bryan and AFL player Steve Morris on Social Violence (Youtube video 5.40 minutes)
James Macready-Bryan and his mother Robyn feature in a video with AFL player Steve Morris about the devastating consequences of Social Violence.
- One Punch Fatalities in Australia 2000 to 2012 -915 KB
Fact sheet on one punch fatalities in Australia 2000 to 2012.
- Social Violence -156 KB
What is social violence?
- Brain Injury Due To Assault -283 KB
What is a brain injury, and what happens to our brain when we are punched and/or fall?
- Alcohol, the Brain and Violence -288 KB
How alcohol increases the likelihood of violence and the effects alcohol has on the brain.
- Fun Facts About the Brain -2.28 MB
Interesting facts about different functions of the brain.
Step Back Think
Level 17, 31 Queen St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000