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  1. Megpie71
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    The fun thing is that the campaign being referenced isn’t the only one of its type in the world. I’m sure I’ve seen references to a similar style of campaign in Scotland and the comment thread lists a number of similar campaigns occurring on college campuses and similar such places in the USA.

    I’d be interested in seeing whether the information coming back out of these campaigns corresponds with the Canadian data, indicating they’re successful in reducing the rates of sexual assault.

    I also suspect another thing which might also reduce the rate of sexual assault is a sensibly designed sexual education curriculum which dealt with the actual legal ramifications of what people do to one another. Explaining things like “this is what actually constitutes assault in our legal system” along with defining what’s covered by terms like “sexual assault”, “molestation”, and other such legal terms means there’s no longer the excuse of “but I didn’t know”. I tend to think this might be a good way of dealing with things like the bullying culture in high schools as well (if the consequences of a schoolyard brawl, prank war, or bullying campaign included the very real legal penalties for such things, I doubt we’d get so many parents saying “oh, it’s just kids being kids” about it – high school age is a good age to start “getting real” with the penalties for such things).

    By the age of thirteen or so, most young adults have entered the developmental stage where they can deal with cause-and-effect reasoning, and with moral and ethical thought. They’re old enough to learn about the legal world they’re walking through.

  2. Arcadia
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    I think explaining to men what the law actually means is really important. There’s plenty who think that
    1. They’re a super awesome playa or
    2. They’re just a bit of an arsehole or
    3. What they do is perfectly okay

    when in fact what they are doing or think is fine or possibly just on the line is in fact an illegal assault for which they can be charged and convicted, as well as being something that the woman would regard as an assault, not simply regret the next day.

    I know for a fact that when I went to Uni (1997) it was a widely held belief amongst my fellow male students that getting a woman leglessly drunk and then having sex with her was totally fine. I never heard anyone, male or female express disquiet or disagreement with this view.

  3. grayspirit
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    Nice post. I can think of other social policies that could use this type of thinking. I also think education can and should play a role in the educational process. After all, it is probably in the school’s social environment where kids begin to develop a lot of bad ideas – as part of becoming independent or rebellious.

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