SEX EDUCATION KEY TO PREVENTING SEXUAL VIOLENCE

4 Oct 2018

 

Australia is a research leader in the area of sexual violence prevention and youth sex education. However, the experience of overseas sex education programs and political initiatives shows we can do more to prevent sexual violence through best practice sex education.

Katrina Marson, a criminal lawyer, has received a Churchill Fellowship because of her passion to understand the methods behind education programs for sexual violence prevention, and their implementation strategies.

Katrina will travel to The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, UK, Canada and the USA to investigate the educational programs and methods used to reduce sexual violence and observe the delivery of acclaimed and effective sex education. 

Katrina has been leading the implementation of the Child Abuse Royal Commission’s recommendations for criminal justice reform for the ACT Government. She has been committed to the improvement of responses to sexual violence but her true passion lies with prevention.

“I am honoured to receive this Fellowship sponsored by Peter Mitchell, it will enable me to talk to people who have overcome political and social barriers, and gain valuable insights into how other countries are addressing these important issues,” said Katrina. 

“Through this opportunity, I am determined to find out how we can get widespread buy-in from politicians and communities to implement these best practice sexual education programs.

“I hope to bring back inspired ideas to Australia about how we can create a culture of commitment to equipping our young people with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate their sexual wellbeing.”

“I intend to speak to experts who have created these programs and have managed to get them into every school in their region. I also intend to meet with politicians who have put better sex education into state-wide school curricula, in the face of significant opposition.”

“This an incredible opportunity for Katrina to bring back important findings on how other countries are addressing this issue of sexual violence,” said Adam Davey, CEO of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.  

“The Churchill Fellowship recognises the need for this type of investigation that endeavours to keep our children safe. It is a celebration of expertise, innovation, expanding knowledge and creating new and better ways of addressing issues that matter in Australia.”

 

 

 

 


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