It’s teenage girls who deserve praise for speaking out about sexual assault | Emmaline Monteith

It’s teenage girls who deserve praise for speaking out about sexual assault | Emmaline Monteith

The Guardian

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While being a good ally is important, it’s frustrating seeing teenage boys receive outsized applause for saying the same things as their female counterparts

The recent petition launched by Chanel Contos calling for greater sexual consent education brought the reality of teenage girls’ experiences of sexual assault into the public domain. Thousands of adolescent girls and young women detailed allegations of being harassed or assaulted by their male peers. It highlighted how much we need to help teenage girls feel more comfortable to share their own experiences.

At the same time, a number of teenage boys have received praise for speaking out about this issue, urging their own peers to show greater respect for women.

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