We have teamed up with ActionStation to prevent, treat and end sexual violence in our communities for good.
ActionStation and Brave are both working to prevent, treat and end sexual violence in NZ communities for good by presenting a petition to Parliament before next year's Government Budget announcement in May 2019. Our goal is to hit 50,000 signatures!
The petition is calling for the government to put in place policies and make funding decisions in upcoming government budget that ensure:
➜ All secondary, primary and ECE schools are champions of healthy relationships and consent. This includes training and support for all teachers and administrative staff and the implementation of universal, best-practice, culture and age appropriate primary prevention sexuality education, including education on healthy relationships and consent;
➜ There is enough government funding available for nationwide coverage of Kaupapa Māori and other culturally-appropriate, accessible and properly resourced specialist sexual violence support services to provide 24/7 early intervention following recent sexual assault and ongoing interventions when and where needed;
➜ We have locally accessible, free, best-practice and culturally appropriate services for self-referral by people who are at risk of causing harm as well as those who have already caused harm and want to change their behaviour.
Why is this important?
Here in Aotearoa New Zealand, up to one in three girls are subjected to an unwanted sexual experience by the age of 16 years. And while there are varying rates for sexual violence offences against men, large scale international studies have tended to find a figure of one in seven.
All statistics taken from: http://rpe.co.nz/information/statistics/
Sign the petition