An alarming number of Sexual Assault cases continue to flood the media. The latest, Australian Rugby Player Jarryd Hayne was sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting a Newcastle woman in 2018. It’s even blackened the offices of our Federal Government, with the recent Brittany Higgins case.
It’s been labelled a major health and welfare issue in Australia. The latest Statistics show almost 2 million Australian adults have experienced at least 1 sexual assault since the age of 15. In 2018, the rate of police-recorded sexual assault was almost 7 times as high for females as males. (The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare)
What is fuelling this massive national issue and what’s being done to combat it?
There is one movement, Collective Shout, a driven group of individuals aiming to cut the issue of Sexual Assault at the knees and endorse healthy male/female relationships. They partner with schools and communities to challenge porn culture and the sexualisation of women and girls.
Collective Shout Advocate Daniel Principe joined Mike on Weekdays to tackle the issue of Toxic Masculinity and the sexualisation of women. Daniel is a youth advocate (and health professional), educator and event host. He works with young men across Australia to re-imagine healthy expressions of masculinity and manhood.
He said, “the tragedy of this is we’re having to have these conversations younger. Year 7 and 8 students have told me of some pretty horrific stories of what they’re being sent on their phones, what they’re seeing online…and (they) are being compared to really sexualised and graphic images online.”
We need to be honest about this. “It’s confronting to hear but no one is helped if we don’t help young people through these challenges.”
Daniel will return tonight at 7pm on Weeknights with Mike to go deeper on this controversial issue. Join us on air or on Facebook for this LIVE chat.
It’s not too late to submit your questions: 0429 985 985
For more information check out Collective Shout’s Website
Listen back to the Weekdays chat with Daniel below or watch the studio stream here.
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