Students take stand on family violence

Mt Lawley SHS students McLane Catterall, Lauren McDonald, Mandu Mazalevskis, Nel |Arseven, Isobel Mountain, Millie Lee, Jamie Smith and Maya Fernandez show their support for the Youth Say No! campaign.
Students take stand on family violence
Mt Lawley SHS students McLane Catterall, Lauren McDonald, Mandu Mazalevskis, Nel |Arseven, Isobel Mountain, Millie Lee, Jamie Smith and Maya Fernandez show their support for the Youth Say No! campaign.

At the Department for Child Protection and Family Support�s STAND UP on White Ribbon Day event at Perth Oval last Wednesday, Mrs Morton launched the Youth Say No! campaign.

The campaign aims to empower young people to challenge attitudes that foster violence against women and to develop respectful relationships.

�As adults, we are looked upon by young people as role models,� Mrs Morton said.

�The Youth Say No! campaign has been designed in consultation with and for young people.�

Students from Mt Lawley Senior High School featured in a video as part of the campaign, which also includes a new website.

Mrs Morton said the information would help young people recognise unacceptable behaviour.

�I encourage young people, especially during Leavers Week, to always speak out and challenge the attitudes and behaviours that condone the use of violence against women,� she said.

�This will help foster generational change in attitudes and empower our youth to understand the role they can have in bringing family and domestic violence and sexual assault to an end.�

More than 20 well-known Perth men used the event to take a stand as mentors and speak out against violence against women.

�The White Ribbon campaign encourages men to lead the way in speaking out and effectively challenging the attitudes and behaviours of men, young adults and boys who use or condone violence against women,� Mrs Morton said.

�It is important to recognise that we can all play a role in eliminating this behaviour and that as a community we will not accept violence in any form.�

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