Young get violence mes­sage

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THE mes­sage from Child Pro­tec­tion Min­is­ter He­len Mor­ton was clear: ed­u­ca­tion on do­mes­tic violence needs to start early.

At the Depart­ment for Child Pro­tec­tion and Fam­ily Sup­port’s STAND UP on White Rib­bon Day event at Perth oval last Wed­nes­day, Mrs Mor­ton launched the Youth Say No! cam­paign.

The cam­paign aims to em­power young peo­ple to chal­lenge at­ti­tudes that foster violence against women and to de­velop re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ships.

“As adults, we are looked upon by young peo­ple as role mod­els,” Mrs Mor­ton said.

“The Youth Say No! cam­paign has been de­signed in con­sul­ta­tion with and for young peo­ple.”

Stu­dents from Mt Law­ley Se­nior High School fea­tured in a video as part of the cam­paign, which also in­cludes a new web­site.

Mrs Mor­ton said the in­for­ma­tion would help young peo­ple recog­nise un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour.

“I en­cour­age young peo­ple, es­pe­cially dur­ing Leavers Week, to al­ways speak out and chal­lenge the at­ti­tudes and be­hav­iours that con­done the use of violence against women,” she said.

“This will help foster gen­er­a­tional change in at­ti­tudes and em­power our youth to understand the role they can have in bring­ing fam­ily and do­mes­tic violence and sex­ual as­sault to an end.”

More than 20 well-known Perth men used the event to take a stand as men­tors and speak out about violence against women.

“The White Rib­bon cam­paign en­cour­ages men to lead the way in speak­ing out and ef­fec­tively chal­leng­ing the at­ti­tudes and be­hav­iours of men, young adults and boys who use or con­done violence against women,” Mrs Mor­ton said.

“It is im­por­tant to recog­nise that we can all play a role in elim­i­nat­ing this be­hav­iour and that as a com­mu­nity we will not ac­cept violence in any form.” Stand on violence against women: Stu­dents McLane Cat­ter­all, Lau­ren McDon­ald, Mandu Maza­levskis, Nel Ar­se­ven, Iso­bel Moun­tain, Mil­lie Lee, Jamie Smith and Maya Fer­nan­dez.

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