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Worrying trend of sexual assaults in schools
· May 27, 2010 10:00 AM
Sexual assault and sexual harassment are growing problems in Australian schools, with Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures showing that 68 sexual assaults and 265 indecent assaults or other sexual offences occurred on school grounds in the year to September 2009.
cites easy access to internet pornography as one of the probable causes of highly sexualised behaviour amongst Australian children and teens. Schools are reporting problems of sex-based taunts, explicit text messages and physical assaults, aimed at students and teachers.
The report quotes Dannielle Miller from Enlighten Education, a group which works with adolescent girls. She says that schools have not yet grasped the gravity of the sexual assault problem, and that the sexual behaviour of many boys, influenced by pornified music, TV, films and the internet, was highly problematic.
These disturbing reports, which seem to be appearing more regularly, demonstrate the need for tighter regulation of media, especially music clips and internet content. Mandatory filtering at the ISP level of the worst of the worst online content is a practical and sensible first step in securing a safer media environment for young Australians.
Making drugs look trendy is not effective anti-drug education
· March 29, 2010 11:00 AM
For release: March 29, 2010
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today voiced concern that so-called ‘antidrug education’ in NSW actually appeared to be sending the wrong message to young people that illicit drug use was trendy.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said a controversial postcard describing cocaine as ‘nose candy’ was the latest in a number of drug prevention strategies gone wrong in the State and questioned the agenda behind these campaigns.
“Young people need to be given clear messages about the harm drugs can do to them and how to say ‘no’ to drugs. The NSW Government and health authorities can’t afford to be watering down this message – or, worse still, sending out messages which might make drugs seem appealing,” Mr Wallace said.
“One has to question what is behind these campaigns. The Government appears to be blindly following a harm minimisation philosophy without regard to the effects of the messages they are sending out on this issue.
“When illegal drugs are being promoted in a ‘fun’ way to teenagers it is clearly time to rethink the policy.”
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan on 0408 875 979.
ACL submission to Victorian Equal Opportunity inquiry
· July 09, 2009 10:00 AM
to read ACL’s submission to the Victorian Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee Inquiry into the Exceptions and Exemptions to the
Equal Opportunity Act 1995
for an earlier submission on this issue.
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