Dear members of the Marcellin College community,

In the last few weeks, there have been a number of significant and important conversations around the treatment of women.  Whilst uncomfortable, they force us to look at our own relationships as educators of young boys.  At a local cricket game last week, I was speaking to one of the parents about the confronting testimonies that we have heard and seen about how young women have been treated by young men.  We both spoke about the importance of raising sexual consent with our young sons who all attend Marcellin College.  It takes courageous voices to call out deplorable behaviour and we cannot ignore it in the hope that it will go away. 

As a College community, we aim to grow good men who are good citizens.  We want emotionally literate boys who demonstrate empathy and compassion.  The College, through its pastoral, seminar and student wellbeing programmes, will continue to educate our students on the importance of respectful relationships, especially around the area of sexual consent and respect for women.  While it has been part of our agenda, it is important that we continue to review and respond in an age-appropriate way.

I encourage parents and carers to speak to their young men about sexual consent or to read the petition by Sydney woman Chanel Contos.  While distressing, it is important that we are aware of and call out this distressing behaviour.  Each conversation can make a difference, as Grace Tame, 2021 Australian of the Year and activist and advocate for survivors of sexual assault recently said

“One voice, your voice, and our collective voices can make a difference.  We are on the precipice of a revolution whose call to action need to be heard loud and clear.“