Viral Petition By Chanel Contos Calls For Earlier Intercourse And Consent Training In Australian Colleges
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Greek-Australian Chanel Contos, a former student at Kambala private school, launched a petition last week urging schools to include “sexual consent education” much earlier in the curriculum.
The petition also calls for a more “holistic” approach to sex and suggests addressing issues such as consent, rape culture, sloppy shame, toxic masculinity and queer sex education.
The 23-year-old, who is currently completing her Masters in Gender and Education at University College of London, said she had received over 3,000 testimonials of sexual assault from current and former school girls from across Australia.
“Kambala gave me a life changing education with consent for the first time in year 10. However, it happened too late and came with the harsh realization that among my friends, almost half of us had already been raped or sexually assaulted by boys from neighboring schools, ”she posted on Instagram.
“As a collective we demand that sexual consent plays a pioneering role in educational issues in your school from an early age.”
With permission, Contos has shared some of the anonymous testimonies submitted to her detailing the grueling experience of sexual assault from the age of 13.
A common theme on the testimonials is that the girls were raped unconscious or forced to have oral sex while heavily intoxicated.
If you’d like to sign the petition or give an anonymous testimony, you can do so here.
Where to find support if you have been affected by rape, sexual assault, or domestic violence:
- National Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Advisory Service 24-hour hotline 1800 RESPECT at 1800 737 732
- Lifeline (24-hour crisis line): 131 114
- Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
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