White Ribbon Day Australia 20 November - Frederick Irwin Anglican School Year 9 Statement
Today in Australia, Friday 20 November, is White Ribbon Day.
Some of you may ask, what is white ribbon day?
White Ribbon Day hopes to end violence against women, men and children in our community.
Violence against women is at epidemic levels in Australia, and young people are some of the most affected.
And whilst it is hard to keep track of the number of women and young people abused by their partners in Australia, it is important to know men can also experience domestic violence and be severely affected by the physical and emotional abuse too.
The following statistics on domestic violence, emotional abuse and murder demonstrate the prevalence and severity of violence against women and men in Australia.
1 in 6 women and 1 in 16 men have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a current or ex-partner
1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced emotional abuse from a current or ex-partner
1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men have experienced sexual violence
More than half of women and 1 in 4 men who experienced emotional abuse were also assaulted or threatened with assault.
As a community here at Frederick Irwin Anglican School, we play a vital role in standing up, speaking out and ending all forms of violence.
We represent all students in year 9, who have spent the past term understanding domestic violence. As a group we feel strongly about setting a standard for respectable behaviour and gender equality in our community, at home and in the workplace.
We are about to show you a short video with a powerful message inscribed,
The message in this video is;
This is a cycle of violence, which starts with disrespect.
Not all disrespect towards women results in violence.
But all violence against women starts with disrespectful behaviour.
When we make excuses like “It’s just boys being boys”, we allow boys to
develop attitudes that can lead to violence. We raise girls to expect ridicule
from boys when we tell them “He’s only doing it because he likes you”.
When we do confront unacceptable behaviour, we play it down by saying
“Don’t worry, it wasn’t that bad”.
We’re allowing disrespect to become a normal part of growing up.
By doing so, we are unintentionally part of the problem.
We can all become part of the solution.
STOP the excuses. There are NO EXCUSES for disrespect to women
White Ribbon Day is an opportunity to bring people together - to raise awareness and commit to action to prevent domestic violence.
In our school help us advocate for respectable behaviour, help us help all victims of domestic violence in the community and let’s take a stand to end all forms of gendered violence.