Subject: Influencing change from the top down

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Existing attempts to address sexual violence often fail to acknowledge and “join the dots” with the role of p0rnography.

Not content with the status quo, myself and our team will do whatever it takes to address the impacts of p0rn on children and young people. One of those impacts is its role in normalising sexual violence, online sexual harassment, predatory behaviours and more.  Earlier this year, the Parliament of Australia House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs called for submissions to the Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Inquiry. Authored by myself and several volunteer team members, Youth Wellbeing Project put forward a thoroughly researched submission.

We made strong recommendations, with a strong focus on 
prevention education solutions for children and youth. Here is some of what we said.

Protective Behaviours Education from early childhood is essential. In some cases, this already occurs. As such, we make a recommendation to include a p0rnography lens into this work, helping children respond protectively (looking away, telling someone, and being aware of how p0rn can impact the brain, attitudes and behaviours). Protective Behaviours Education encourages self-empowerment, empathy, connection and responsibility for the rights of others, and responsibility for an individual's right to feel safe all the time. Protective Behaviours develops awareness and connection to others, teaches skills and strategies to avoid victimisation, and promotes healthy relationships that do not victimise. Protective Behaviours personal safety education includes recognising when someone is feeling unsafe (early warning signs), body boundaries, consent and the creation of safety networks.

P0rn is now a significant sex educator. As such, relationships and sexuality education must adjust to provide a critical lens to counter its impacts. We suggest that it is not just a matter of “taking on” a focus on p0rn, but rather, delivering sex education with an increased awareness of how p0rn alters the way that young people understand many aspects of sexual relationships. Some forms of p0rn education or “p0rn literacy” seek to normalise p0rn consumption, and dismiss the weight of the body of evidence related to harms. As an alternative, Critical P0rn Analysis provides a more suitable critique to ensure that safety, mental and relational wellbeing are at the fore of p0rn education outcomes.

We are of the opinion that successful changes will only be achieved through targeted coordination of policy responses and education framing recommendations across the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, local governments, non-government and community organisations, and business. 

We are pleased to share that we will be able to emphasise this message as an invited contributor to one of the public hearings, being held in November. We will keep you updated of the outcomes of the inquiry, and I trust you stand with us as we advocate for increased child protection measures and a supportive environment to deliver the education our kids needs.

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Till next time, be well and stay inspired.






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