Students and Staff join White Ribbon Event at UTAS Stadium
On Saturday 16 October a group of Scotch Oakburn’s senior male students and staff attended the White Ribbon event at UTAS stadium to show their support for women and children who suffer through abusive behaviour. The Launceston White Ribbon Committee organised an event that was hosted by the Mayor of Launceston, Albert van Zetten and Australian cricketer George Bailey. The event was attended by a wide range of men and boys from the Launceston area, including many schools and sports clubs.
Attendees were reminded that abuse suffered by women is not just physical but includes pay inequity, sexist jokes, sexist language, stalking, deprivation of money, social life or education, threats to children and pets and coercion. Abuse of women almost always impacts their children. We were reminded that every week in Australia at least one current or former intimate partner kills their female partner; that domestic violence is the leading contributing factor in the death, disability and illness of women aged between 15 and 44; that family violence costs Australia billions of dollars per year and that 1 in 5 women experience harassment in the workplace.
Attendees were reminded of strategies to use if they suspect abuse and what to do about it in their social group – tell your friends that you do not approve of their words or behaviour, convince your friends to stop, walk away to signal your rejection of the behaviour, remind friends to be their best selves, use your friendship to give advice, invite group pressure by asking if anyone else thinks this is OK?
Thank you to those who took their time on a Saturday morning to help create awareness about this very important issue. It was great to see senior boys in our community, along with staff, parents and board members standing up to abusive behaviour.