Children are taught to say no to their GRANDMOTHER's kisses to learn how to prevent sexual abuse
- Pupils in primary, secondary and university education learn about permission
- Each state chooses what it implements from the program
- Educators request that it be adopted at all schools in the country
Children are informed every day about consent and sexual abuse, for example by saying no to their grandmother who kisses them on the cheek.
The example is part of an attempt to inform primary, secondary and university education students about sexuality and consent in an education program called & # 39; Respect Matters & # 39 ;, set up by the federal government.
Part of the program – taken over by schools in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria – is about teaching students how to navigate relationships, gender equality, respect and how to deal with uncomfortable emotions.
Children are informed every day about permission and sexual abuse, for example by saying no to their grandmother who kisses them on the cheek (stock image)
A woman – Carla Magrid – said she can understand why some parents are reluctant to let their child join in, because there is always an element of not knowing what can be discussed. Pictured: an example of work completed by children in the program
Educators are requesting that the program be adopted across the country to help reduce the number of sexual violence and the influence of pornography.
The Respectful Relationships program from Victoria was introduced in 2016 after the Royal Commission in Family Violence noted the importance of early childhood education to create a culture of respect.
The program contains case studies & # 39; s that have caused controversy due to their nature.
Margie Buttriss, a childhood educator with HUSHeducation, said she & # 39; child friendly & # 39; used examples to illustrate their points about matters so that no one should touch them where they do not want to be touched.
& # 39; We are talking about situations when grandma wants to step in for the big messy kiss and if the child does not want that to happen, what can they do, & # 39; she told the ABC.
& # 39; And they can respectfully say: & # 39; No, thanks grandma, let's take a hug instead & # 39;. & # 39;
Margie Buttriss (photo), a childhood educator with HUSHeducation, said she & # 39; kid-friendly & # 39; used examples to illustrate their points about matters so that no one should touch them where they do not want to be touched
Lael Stone has been teaching relationship and sex courses in Victoria for ten years, and she said that pornography and how it affects young people's perception was her main concern.
Mrs. Stone said that parents would be surprised how many young people know about sex, but how little they understand the meaning of a relationship.
She said in her experience that young people want information about how they can have healthy relationships.
Pupils from primary and secondary education are not the only ones who are informed about permission – more than 30 universities have registered for the Consent Matters course.
Primary and secondary school students are not the only ones who are informed about permission – more than 30 universities have signed up for the Consent Matters course
Some universities require their students to complete a multiple-choice course of 40 minutes before they achieve their exam results every semester.
Anna Hush from End Rape on Campus said she believes that even if students & # 39; check the correct boxes & # 39; in the online course, they can still act irreverently.
"The evidence says that face-to-face education is much, much better than online education in actually achieving behavioral and behavioral changes," she said.
She said she wasn't sure if the course was better than nothing because it would result in a kickback for students.
SEXUAL ASSAULT AND HOUSEHOLD VIOLENCE IN AUSTRALIA
A report on family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia was released in 2018.
The report found:
- One in six women over the age of 15 has been physically or sexually abused by a current or former partner
- One in 16 men has been abused by a current or former partner
- Three out of four victims of domestic violence said the perpetrator was a man
- One in five women has sexual violence
- Most – 96 percent – said a man was the culprit
- One in 20 men has experienced sexual violence
- Male victims were attacked almost evenly by male and female victims
- A woman is killed for a week by a former or current partner
- A man is killed for a month by a current or former partner.
The report suggested that children who are victims of domestic or sexual violence often had lasting effects.
Children who were abused before the age of 15 were three times more likely to experience it later in their lives than children who had not.
Women who witnessed violence when they were children are twice as likely to fall victim to domestic violence.
Men who have witnessed violence are three times as likely to become victims of domestic violence.
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