Consent Education in New Zealand Secondary Schools

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In 2017, New Zealand Secondary Schools are not required to teach consent education to their students. We think that this is necessary due to a series of events that have taken place in New Zealand in 2017. Earlier this year it was clear that groups of Wellington College Boys did not respect consensual boundaries of their peers. One incident was a series of texts between groups of Wellington College Boys, one stating: “if you don’t take advantage of a drunk girl, you’re not a true WC [Wellington College] boy.” (more information can be found at http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/90272223/rape-culture-action-moved-after-wellington-college-boys-threaten-protesters Overall, we believe that not only this event, but copious others, show that there is a serious problem regarding high school student’s respect for sexual boundaries. Therefore we think that it is imperative that action is taken now to foster a positive culture in New Zealand toward safe and consensual sexual interactions.



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