Ebene Magazine – The government removes controversial consent videos featuring sharks and milkshakes after a backlash

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The video of a young woman having a milkshake all over her partner’s face without his permission smears is one of two videos intended to explain consent pulled from The Good Society’s website.

The federal government has removed two videos from its new online resource about consent and respectful relationships after community and stakeholder setbacks.

The series of videos, digital stories, podcasts and other materials on the website “The Good Society ”was released last week as part of the government’s $ 7.8 million Respect Matters program.

However, the educational resource has been used by rape prevention advocates, women’s rights groups and politicians for its simple and often confusing messages about sex and consent, which some say fails to consider the safety of victim survivors.

Dr. Michele Bruniges, Minister for Education, Skills and Employment, said Tuesday that « in response to feedback from the community and stakeholders, two videos have been removed. »

« The website contains about 350 resources that teachers and parents are helping aim to help educate students of all ages about respectful relationships in a broader sense, « said Dr. Bruniges in a statement.

« The website is designed to be a live and dynamic resource, with content being added, removed, and changed to ensure it remains current and appropriate.

 » The department will continue Work with experts to evaluate the materials displayed on the site to ensure they are relevant and reflect current community experiences and issues. « 

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One of the videos was included in a consent module for Grade 10-12 students called Moving the Line Basics, which showed a young woman asking her male partner to try her milkshake. When he says he’s happy with this, she smears her milkshake on his face without his permission.

A video included in the yes, no, I don’t know consent module showing a man with a harpoon who tried to force his partner to swim despite her fear of sharks was also removed.

In an April 14 statement, the Education Department said the government had $ 7.8 million in its « Respect Matters » « Program invests » to support and promote positive attitudes, behaviors and equality in schools to prevent domestic, family and sexual violence « .

AusTender documents appear to show that the website of the Good Society of Liquid Interactive – a digital agency in Brisbane – was developed for $ 3.8 million.

According to a contract notice, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment hired Liquid Interactive as part of a Open invitation to tender with the creation of « Online learning solutions – Education against domestic violence ». The contract value increased by $ 1.66 million in accordance with an April 2018 change to meet this final cost.

To contact a consultant or other form of support, call the Victims Access Line at 1800 633 063 or Rape Crisis at 1800 424 017. A trained counselor can discuss your needs and refer you to someone who can help.

If you or someone you know has been affected by family, domestic violence or sexual assault, call 1800RESPECT at 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.

Readers seeking mental health assistance can contact Beyond Blue at 1300 22 4636. More information is available at Beyondblue.org.au. Embrace Multicultural Mental Health supports people with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

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