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"Oh boy," my son said, rolling his eyes. "Not rape culture again."
We were sitting around the dinner table talking about the news. As soon as I mentioned the Stanford sexual assault case, my sons looked at each other. They knew what was coming. They've been listening to me talk about consent, misogyny and rape culture since they were tweens. They listened to me then, but they are 16 and 18 now and they roll their eyes and argue when I talk to them about sexism and misogyny.
Teaching nuanced and critical understandings of gender is crucial in an environment where LGBTIQ members of the community are between six and 15 times (depending on their intersecting identities) more likely to self-harm or attempt suicide than their heterosexual or cisgender – people who have a gender identity that matches the sex that they were assigned at birth – counterparts.
Research has shown that having more conservative attitudes towards gender may link with the acceptance and promotion of violence. Maintaining and extending the approach of Crossroads to Years K to 10 sex and relationships education is therefore critical if we are to reduce incidents of abuse and harassment in schools.
The internet can be a “playground for paedophiles”, the NSPCC has warned after new figures suggested increasing numbers of children are raising concerns about online abuse and grooming. Statistics from Childline, a service provided by the charity, show counselling sessions for youngsters worried about online sexual abuse jumped by 24 per cent to 3,716 in 2015/16. Most of those contacting the facility were aged between 12 and 15, and the majority were girls.