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Melbourne’s Balwyn High School male students accused of sexual misconduct including rape jokes

A Melbourne high school continues to make unwelcome headlines with allegations that male students have routinely sexually harassed female students, ranked them on their appearance and even masturbated in front of them during class.

The claims were made as part of a survey of female students delivered to Balwyn High School principal Deborah Harman in March 2021.

The anonymous survey, completed by 49 students, alleged that Balwyn High boys had masturbated in class in front of girls and threatened to rape female students as a “joke.” Herald Sun

Balwyn High School in eastern Melbourne faces allegations that boys at school have engaged in serious sexual misconduct, including masturbating in front of girls in class

Balwyn High School in eastern Melbourne faces allegations that boys at school have engaged in serious sexual misconduct, including masturbating in front of girls in class

Male students are also said to have inappropriately touched and stalked girls on the school grounds and regularly addressed them in contemptuous terms such as “slut,” “whore” and “bitch.”

It is also claimed that the ninth and tenth year girls were ranked from best to worst looking.

A spokesman for the Victorian Department of Education said Ms Harman had “taken these allegations seriously and dealt with them appropriately and professionally”.

Balwyn High School is an excellent school with a strong academic output, led by one of Victoria’s top principals, the spokesperson said.

There were also allegations that Balwyn girls were serially harassed by guys who joked about rape, touched and stalked them inappropriately, and listed attractiveness

There were also allegations that Balwyn girls were serially harassed by guys who joked about rape, touched and stalked them inappropriately, and listed attractiveness

After the petition was handed to Ms. Harman, the school had held senior classes – called Project You – that taught consent and respectful relationships.

The sessions were designed with input from students who expressed concerns, the department said, and the school community had responded positively

Students told the Herald Sun they went to Ms. Harman after some teachers dismissed the survey as an “attack on boys at school” and told them that ‘men suffer too’.

One said she “believed that the school had a duty of care but had set these issues aside.”

“Girls were literally attacked at school and given prison terms because their uniforms were too short,” she said.

Victoria's education department backs Balwyn High School Principal Deborah Harman's handling of the complaints, saying they were handled

Victoria’s education department backs Balwyn High School Principal Deborah Harman’s handling of the complaints, saying they were handled “appropriately and professionally.”

“The guys used to sit together and say girls were ‘just gaps to fill’ and stuff like that and joke about permission and teachers would hear it and say nothing.”

The survey also claimed that girls at the school were criticized for wearing short skirts by staff who told them that “girls should know what they are doing” by wearing “such clothes.”

A male teacher had reportedly commented that he could see girls’ skirts on the floor in class, which was labeled “as scary as f***.”

An 11-year-old girl was reported to have been detained for wearing a short skirt that “distracted” male teachers and staff.

The school subsequently denied that the student had been told that.

The organizers of the survey were inspired by London university student Chanel Contos who launched an Instagram survey in February 2021 for young Australian women to anonymously report cases of sexual assault by boys’ school students.

The response was so overwhelming that Ms. Contos, a former student at the girls’ exclusive Kambala School in Sydney’s Rose Bay, was pushed to become a leading advocate for the teaching of consent classes.

Consent Education activist Chanel Contos inspired Balwyn High students to survey their classmates about their experiences of sexual harassment and misconduct

Consent Education activist Chanel Contos inspired Balwyn High students to survey their classmates about their experiences of sexual harassment and misconduct

Balwyn High School, in eastern Melbourne, has also received an unwelcome mention for students who formally organize a boycott of the 2021 Year 12, as classmates were banned for not acting in a “respectful, inclusive manner towards their peers, teachers and the community.” ‘ behaved.

The school also received media attention for charging students $130 for a walking ‘homelessness tour’ of central Melbourne, as well as a stop at the Big Issue production workshop and a visit to the Melbourne Museum, which has free entry for children under 16 years of age.

Last year Ms. Harman won the title of Outstanding Secondary School Principal at the Victorian Education Excellence Awards.

In her principal’s post on the school website, she writes, “We are committed to excellence and community by actively challenging and empowering every student, every staff member to be the best they can be.”

“We hold all members of the community to the highest standards and we proudly recognize and celebrate success – in all its forms.”

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