The award-winning documentary film, Sacrificial Virgins, which investigates the controversies surrounding Gardasil HPV vaccination programs and presents new scientific evidence, will be shown at seven special screenings across Australia this August.
Each screening will be followed by a Q&A session, giving concerned parents and health professionals the opportunity to question the film’s investigative journalist-narrator Joan Shenton, together with some of the international scientists, experts and affected families who provided Sacrificial Virgins’ shocking conclusions.
Gardasil is administered free of charge in Australia to girls and boys over the age of 10 as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP). It vaccinates against a common virus, the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and because it tackles HPV it is also believed to prevent HPV-associated cervical cancer in women, in later life, and other cancers in both sexes. However, Gardasil has been coming under increasing fire for its association with widespread, severe neurological damage that can lead to long-term disabilities, paralysis and even death.
Sacrificial Virgins challenges, in scientific detail, the claim that HPV causes the majority of cervical cancers, which leads the film to question the point of HPV vaccination programs and the justification for the associated public health risk, while also advancing compelling scientific evidence for the link between HPV vaccines and neurological damage.
Screenings and Q&A sessions begin on 2 August, visiting the Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, the Northern Rivers of NSW, the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Joan Shenton will attend every screening in person and will be joined at different screenings, in person or via Skype, by scientists, experts and affected parents – including Peter Duesberg, professor of molecular biology at Berkeley, California; Dr Christian Fiala, Viennese specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology; Norma Erickson of Sanevax USA; Freda Birrell and Steve Hinks of the Association of HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters; and three of the neurologically affected young women featured in the film: Ruby Shalom, Chloe Leanne Brookes and (in person at one screening) Australian Kristin Klulow. Further guests are to be announced. The tour is arranged by the Australian Vaccination-risks Network (AVN).
Joan Shenton said: “Sacrificial Virgins shows there’s no evidence that vaccines used in immunisation programs to guard against HPV will also prevent future onsets of cervical cancer – because there’s no scientific evidence that HPV actually causes such cancers. However, the film provides plenty of evidence that, after vaccination, countless young women worldwide have experienced life-changing neurological damage.”
AVN president Tasha David said: “Our hope is that Sacrificial Virgins will help the efforts of Australian doctors, families and campaigners in getting the HPV vaccination program suspended from the NIP and the drugs taken off the market until independent, ethically-conducted research shows that the benefits truly outweigh the risks and the victims acknowledged and compensated for the harm caused to them.