‘We want change now’: Adelaide students rally against sexual violence in schools

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Hundreds of Adelaide high school students, girls and boys as young as 14 years old, among them Greek Australians, marched from Victoria Square to SA Parliament earlier today to protest against sexism and sexual violence, demanding immediate change towards a better sexual consent education.

The march was organised by Adelaide Youth Against Sexual Violence and the Adelaide High School Call4Action group and was supported by Justice4WomenSA.

Picture: The Greek Herald/Argyro Vourdoumpa

“We are here to protest for better consent education due to the unacceptably high cases of sexual assault within Australian schools,” Adelaide High School Student and Call4Action school group co-founder, Sophia, told The Greek Herald.

Picture: The Greek Herald/Argyro Vourdoumpa

Speaking at the march was former federal Labor MP and author of the book ‘Sex, Lies and Question Time’, Kate Ellis.

“It is so appalling to me, and unacceptable that you feel you are not safe in your schools,” Ms Ellis said.

Picture: The Greek Herald/Argyro Vourdoumpa

Co-Founder of the Adelaide High School Call4Action group, Martha, told The Greek Herald that sexual violence impacts everyone and can be also prevalent for people of colour and students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. 

Picture: The Greek Herald/Argyro Vourdoumpa

“Culture is a big factor on whether someone is educated about sexual violence and assault. You may not be getting this education at home so it’s important we all get it at school,” Martha, said.

“I want to make sure people can talk about it and stand up against it.” 

Picture: The Greek Herald/Argyro Vourdoumpa

Change.org student petition calling for an end to sexism and sexual assault at Adelaide High School has attracted more than 7000 signatures while consent campaigner Chanel Contos is working with the Adelaide High students to stage a much larger national march in August.

Picture: The Greek Herald/Argyro Vourdoumpa
Picture: The Greek Herald/Argyro Vourdoumpa

On Wednesday, South Australia’s Education Department ordered an immediate curriculum overhaul after experts warned online pornography is warping kids’ concepts of sex and consent and criticised the state’s curriculum as “archaic”.

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