After a month of extreme trauma for women, one school in Australia had a rather controversial idea for making reparations…
And it has re-sparked an entire debate on women’s rights.
Because the issue surrounding women’s safety from men has been debated for many years …
It’s always the same narrative and outcome that millions of women all around the world face every single day…
And the scary thing is that its been normalized by so many different cultures.
Did you know that in the United Kingdom, ninety-seven percent of young women have been sexually harassed by men at some point in their lives?
A survey released by UN Women UK has found that this percentage of females aged between eighteen and twenty-four have suffered sexual harassment, as women report losing faith in the ability of authorities to effectively deal with the abuse that they receive.
This is not okay…
And although the awareness surrounding domestic abuse and sexual harassment is now more prominent than ever, way too many women find themselves as victims of these horrendous crimes every single day.
The story of Sarah Everard is a tragic example of this.
Sarah, who is from London, went missing on March 3rd after walking home at night from a friend’s house. Just a week later human remains were found in Kent and it has since been confirmed they do, in fact, belong to Sarah.
A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been arrested and charged on suspicion of her kidnap and murder…
And, quite predictably, people have been reeling over the fact that a member of the police force may be involved with this horrific crime – especially due to the fact that the officer is believed to have had no connection with Sarah in the past.
It has also been reported that the forty-six-year-old had previously exposed himself to a woman in a public area 3 days prior to Sarah’s murder.
More details are set to be released as the investigation continues.
It just goes to show how you really can’t trust anyone…
Even those that are sworn in to protect the public.
However, while raising awareness on the issue, women have run into several problems.
And yes, most of them include men who are standing against them in their fight for equality.
The hashtag #NotAllMen has been trending ever since the murder came to light.
If you’re a man and you still don’t understand why this is one of the most problematic statements you could utter to women, especially during such a difficult time, let me explain it to you in the most simple way I can.
Women understand that it’s “not all men”.
The stats say so, but how do you spot which man is an abuser and which is not? In a line-up of men, who are the biggest perpetrators for these kinds of crimes, could you pick out the ones that have committed heinous acts against other women? Nope, you can’t and that’s exactly why it’s hard to differentiate between them so women stay wary of the vast majority in order to protect themselves from the possibility.
“But it happens to men too…” Yes, we know. But yet again, the statistics show that men commit more acts of violence against other men.
So it just begs the question: Why are you not helping women get to the root of this problem if there’s a possibility of it happening to you too? Is it too hard to criticize one’s own gender? Internalized misogyny is one of society’s worst traits and it really shows during these types of discussions.
But we all have to stay focused and thankfully now, a lot of us are.
People are using their platforms to speak out against this type of violence, with a lot of them even having to resort to ulterior scenarios to explain it to the men that still don’t understand.
And while they’re doing that…
One school in Australia has come up with a rather controversial solution – and the internet isn’t happy.
Brauer College in the south-western Victorian town of Warrnambool hit headlines this week.
Young male students were forced to stand up and apologize on behalf of their gender to the school.
”He said that he was made to stand up and basically apologize… it wasn’t explained properly to the male students what they were doing or why they were doing it,” one mother Danielle Shephard told 7News.
“They really should have made more of an effort to notify the parents.”
”Wow just wow… this is actually disgusting Brauer College… not at all impressed that you made my son apologize for something he’s never done nor considered doing,” another mom wrote on Facebook.
“Guys go through as much s**t as girls do.”
The principal has apologized for the incident.
”The assembly included the screening of a video message by Brisbane Boys’ College Captain Mason Black about being proactive in stopping incidents of sexual assault and harassment,” she said in a statement. “As part of this discussion boys were asked to stand as a symbolic gesture of apology for the behaviors of their gender that have hurt or offended girls and women.”
“In retrospect, while well-intended, we recognize that this part of the assembly was inappropriate.”
“You’ll find all schools will be teaching consent over the next year – Braeur won’t be the only one.”