23-year-old Greek-Australian Chanel Contos leads an online campaign changing sex education in Australia.
As she revealed, one of the reasons behind her campaign was the fact that she was a victim of sexual abuse herself at the age of 13.
Chanel Contos recently created a website called “Teach Us Consent”.
What is sexual consent?
The ability to say yes or no to intercourse and your desire to be respected.
But many children often do not know what consent means or that lack of consent is rape until it is too late. As soon as they have already become victims, like Chanel.
She was only 13 years old when she was sexually assaulted, says Chanel.
But she didn’t admit to anyone what exactly had happened until a few years later.
Chanel recently learned that the same perpetrator attacked a friend of hers as well.
She explains that she now regrets not speaking earlier and feels that if she had spoken out her friend might not have had the same traumatic experience.
Through the Consent with Us website, Chanel has compiled thousands of testimonials of sexual abuse by students across Australia.
For most of the complaints, two common characteristics were noted.
First, the culprit isn’t usually a creepy stranger who suddenly attacks.
Instead, they are someone you know, trust, someone you might like. Characteristically, it’s someone you might want to kiss at the beginning of the night, but with whom you didn’t want to do anything at the end of the night.
The second most common phenomenon is the imposition of oral sex. Little do not know that forcing oral sex is also a form of sexual abuse and rape.
23-year-old Chanel Contos insists that trauma caused by sexual abuse lasts a lifetime and wonders if the perpetrators understand the harm they are causing.
She argues that sex education arguments should begin much earlier than the age of 16, as is customary, in order to be taught more often by extracurricular professionals who should;
Teach that no means no, and that yes should not be taken for granted, but rather a conscious and enthusiastic YES.
The impact of Chanel Contos’ campaign has led the Australian Department of Education to announce that it is immediately making changes to the teaching of sex education.
Schools across Australia will soon provide consent, respect and sexual abuse information for students up to the age of 12.
It’s a first win for Chanel Contos and the thousands of girls who have had the traumatic experience of sexual abuse or harassment.
Chanel Contos is of Greek origin, both from her parents and from her four grandparents, who came from Thessaloniki, Igoumenitsa and Kastellorizo. She has been to Greece several times for vacation.
Chanel, who is now studying in London, is looking forward to the time she can travel to Greece again at the first opportunity.
Source SBS Greek radio
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