School Forces Boys to Apologize to Girls for Rapes Committed by Their Gender
School apologizes to angry parents after backlash
A school in Australia faced backlash after forcing male students to stand up in assembly and apologize to the female students for sexism and assault on behalf of their gender.
The government school in Warrnambool, in the Australian state of Victoria, apologized to angry parents.
Principal Jane Boyle admitted the discussion of sexual assault and harassment had taken an inappropriate turn.
Boyle said in a statement that male students were asked to stand “as a symbolic gesture of apology for the behaviors of their gender that have hurt or offended girls and women.”
“In retrospect, while well-intended, we recognize that part of the assembly was inappropriate,” she said.
One parent said she was left feeling angry that the school did not tell parents in advance what they planned to do.
A mother to a Year 7 boy at the school, Danielle Shepherd, said parents feel the same way she does.
“They watched a video to do with sexual consent, and at the end of it, they were made to stand up and apologize to the opposite gender on behalf of their own gender,” she said.
Shepherd said the assembly had left her son confused and upset.
“He wasn’t sure why. He just knows that he was told to get up and apologize for things he hadn’t done."
“He’s upset by it—he now has this misconception that everybody looks at him and males as predators or somebody wishing to do harm to someone in a sexualized manner—seriously, he’s 12,” she said.
The principal said the school would contact parents to explain the reasons behind the assembly.
According to The Daily Mail, the assembly came just days after Wesley College in Melbourne was hit with claims some of its male students were ranking female students 'based on their looks.'
Multiple harassment and assault allegations have been leveled by students at the school.
Victorian Acting Premier James Merlino has since moved to make teaching consent compulsory in all government schools from next month.
The initiative previously did not explicitly direct schools to teach consent and instead focused on relationships, sexuality, and safety.