These young boys have chosen “Stand with Her” as their theme for Year 12 in 2016. Telling women “a thousand good men have your back”.
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Senior Prefect Jack Jacobs from Newington College said his year group wanted to find a social justice issue which impacted on the community and decided that gender equality and domestic violence were something young men should be talking about.
“We are 1333 young men and we can have an influence if we stand up for women.”
“You can’t lecture young men, you have to approach it as an equal and as a friend to say have you thought about your behaviour.”
“The language we use around women and girls is just as important. Are we being respectful if ‘bitch’ and ‘slut’ is being thrown around. “There is definitely a culture of the casual use of derogatory terms to describe women and we need to watch the language we use,” Jack said.
“There is the aspect of physical violence which can be behind the scenes but it can begin with the way we treat women on an everyday basis.”
The boys at the college took an oath – “I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.”
A great initiative we need to introduce to all schools.
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