Brauer College, Warrnambool, male students who had to apologize for gender to female classmates

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A school has sparked outrage by forcing its young male students to apologize to female classmates on behalf of their gender.

Brauer College in the southwestern Victorian town of Warrnambool held a rally on Wednesday where boys were told to stand up in a symbolic gesture of apology to girls and women.

One parent said that in Year 7, her son didn’t know why he had to stage the bizarre apology, where boys were told to say sorry for women being raped and sexually assaulted.

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Brauer College in Warrnambool, southwest Victoria, has been criticized for holding a meeting where the young male students had to apologize on behalf of their gender

Brauer College in Warrnambool, southwest Victoria, has been criticized for holding a meeting where the young male students had to apologize on behalf of their gender

A male college student was also critical of having to apologize for his gender in an angry Snapchat post

A male college student was also critical of having to apologize for his gender in an angry Snapchat post

A male college student was also critical of having to apologize for his gender in an angry Snapchat post

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“He said to get up and basically apologize … it wasn’t properly explained to the male students what they were doing or why they were doing it,” the mother told Danielle Shephard. 7 News

“They should have put more effort into notifying the parents.”

In a separate post on Facebook, Ms. Shepherd shared another complaint from a parent who called the meeting “ a joke. ”

“Wow, just wow … this is actually disgusting Brauer College … not at all impressed that you made my son apologize for something he never did or considered doing,” she wrote.

A male student also criticized the meeting in a Snapchat post.

“Today at Brauer’s they made every man stand up and apologize to every girl for rape and sexual assault,” the student said.

“Boys go through as many things as girls.”

Jane Boyle, principal of Brauer College, said the apology portion of the meeting was “inappropriate,” but defended the school’s intentions.

“The meeting included the showing of a video message by Captain Mason Black of Brisbane Boys College about proactive action in stopping incidents of sexual assault and harassment,” she said in a statement.

As part of this discussion, boys were asked to stand up as a symbolic gesture of apology for their gender’s behavior that has hurt or offended girls and women.

A mother of a 7-year-old student in the meeting Danielle Shephard said her son was confused as to why he should apologize

A mother of a 7-year-old student in the meeting Danielle Shephard said her son was confused as to why he should apologize

A mother of a 7-year-old student in the meeting Danielle Shephard said her son was confused as to why he should apologize

“In retrospect, although well-intentioned, we recognize that this part of the meeting was inappropriate.”

A mother said on Facebook that their son had told her the exercise was simply to create “awareness.”

“My son explained that they were not standing there to apologize, but to offer support and solidarity,” wrote another parent.

‘You will see that all schools will give permission next year – Braeur will not be the only one.’

The meeting came just days after Wesley College in Melbourne was struck by claims that some male students ranked female students ‘by their appearance’.

Multiple allegations of harassment and assault have been made by students at the school.

Victorian Acting Prime Minister James Merlino has since transitioned to mandate permission for education in all government schools starting next month.

Previously, the initiative didn’t explicitly target schools to teach consent, but instead focused on relationships, sexuality, and safety.

Permission classes will soon be mandatory for students in Victorian public schools (stock image)

Permission classes will soon be mandatory for students in Victorian public schools (stock image)

Permission classes will soon be mandatory for students in Victorian public schools (stock image)

Beginning in the second semester, the directive will force public schools to teach the Government Respectful Relations course on free contracts.

Mr. Merlino said Victoria and other states should not be complacent when they ensure that consent is properly taught in the classroom.

“Respectful relationships have been proven to make a real difference and it is a recommendation from the Royal Commission on Family Violence,” the Education Minister said in a statement on Sunday.

‘It is a program that should be rolled out nationally. But we have to listen to students who say they want and need more attention for this topic in the classroom.

Brisbane Boys College captain Mason Black stood before his peers last Thursday, telling them he “feels sick” about the sexual assault allegations and that the “story needs to change.”

“That’s why we will mandate the teaching of consent in all government schools in an age-appropriate manner.”

Mason Black stood in front of his peers last Thursday, telling them that he “feels sick” about the sexual assault allegations and that the “story needs to change.”

“It makes me feel sick and ashamed that our school is featured in the testimonials of young women who are victims of sexual assault,” he said.

Brisbane Boys’ College is one of several schools in Australia mentioned in testimonials from private and public school girls who say they have been sexually assaulted, harassed or raped.

Mr Black said sexual assault was a problem affecting his family close to home: 'My own mother was sexually assaulted at the age of 10 before hearing about the birds and the bees'

Mr Black said sexual assault was a problem affecting his family close to home: 'My own mother was sexually assaulted at the age of 10 before hearing about the birds and the bees'

Mr Black said sexual assault was a problem affecting his family close to home: ‘My own mother was sexually assaulted at the age of 10 before hearing about the birds and the bees’

Thousands of schoolgirls shared their experiences after Kambala School alumni Chanel Contos, 22, launched a petition on Feb. 18 demanding that students be taught about consent

Thousands of schoolgirls shared their experiences after Kambala School alumni Chanel Contos, 22, launched a petition on Feb. 18 demanding that students be taught about consent

Thousands of schoolgirls shared their experiences after Kambala School alumni Chanel Contos, 22, launched a petition on Feb. 18 demanding that students be taught about consent

The petition started by Ms. Contos demands that consent be included in sex education sooner

The petition started by Ms. Contos calls for consent to be included in sex education sooner

The petition started by Ms. Contos demands that consent be included in sex education sooner

Thousands of schoolgirls shared their experiences after Kambala School alumni Chanel Contos, 22, launched a petition on Feb. 18 demanding that students be taught about consent.

Mr. Black said his mother had been sexually assaulted when she was a little girl and later told Channel 7 sunrise he only found out by searching for her name on Google.

“My own mother was sexually assaulted at the age of 10 before hearing about the birds and bees,” he said.

“Are you brave enough to ask your mother about her experiences?” He said.

‘What about your sisters? Friends? You shouldn’t be asking women these questions. ‘

BRAUER COLLEGE’S RESPONSE TO ‘GENDER APOLOGY’ ASSEMBLY

“Schools play an important role in promoting safety and respect for all students, and discussions in schools about respect for girls and women are an important part of this vital work,” she said in a statement.

This week, at an entire school meeting, Brauer College discussed the topic of respect for women and the importance of bystander behavior and reporting incidents of inappropriate behavior.

The meeting included the screening of a video message by Captain Mason Black of Brisbane Boys College about taking proactive action to stop incidents of sexual assault and harassment.

As part of this discussion, boys were asked to stand up as a symbolic gesture of apology for their gender’s behavior that has hurt or offended girls and women.

“In retrospect, although well-intentioned, we recognize that this part of the meeting was inappropriate.”