Yesterday evening saw a well attended rally at Parliament to protest rape culture in NZ, and call for the teaching of consent in schools:
Hundreds join protest against rape culture in NZ
Hundreds of people have gathered outside Parliament to protest against rape culture and call for better sex and consent education in secondary schools.
The rally was organised after two Wellington College boys posted messages on Facebook about having sex with drunk and unconscious girls.
Separately, four Year 9 students from St Patrick’s College at Silverstream in the Hutt Valley were suspended after they posted inappropriate images of female teachers on Instagram.
Poor weather in the capital did not keep people at bay, with men and women of all ages – including at least 100 secondary school students – turning out.
Bravo to all those who attended, and great to see Wellington College represented.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Women Paula Bennett said the government had heard the calls to make sure consent was included in the curriculum for sex education, which was compulsory in Year 10.
Good. No doubt many will be watching to make sure that it happens.
One of the protesters, Jennie Stone, said in this day and age, women feeling unsafe because of their gender was simply unacceptable.
Organisers were forced to move the location of the protest, which was originally to be held outside Wellington College, when they were threatened with violence. …
Those threats were a shocker, and just about the best demonstration possible of the seriousness of these problems in NZ.
Hundreds join protest against rape culture in NZ https://t.co/72EvF0ROpn'
— Brent Edwards (@journobedwards) March 13, 2017
— Emily Cooper (@em_cooper23) March 13, 2017
Kelvin Davis and Grant Robertson support the protest against rape culture! pic.twitter.com/H100xY48Vu
— Jodi Ihaka (@JodiIhaka) March 13, 2017