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How schools can champion consent education | Chanel Contos and Madonna King | WEBINAR

March 16, 2022, 7:30 am - 8:30 am, Live Webinar,

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Last year saw the issue of consent education raised at a national and international level by activist and girls’ school alumna Chanel Contos with her movement ‘Teach us Consent’.

The petition for Australian schools to include consent education in the curriculum has now received almost 45,000 signatures and there have been almost 7,000 testimonies from young women who have been sexually assaulted. Join us for an important conversation between award winning author, speaker and journalist Madonna King and Chanel Contos as they explore what schools need to know about the movement, why consent education is so crucial for young people, and how schools can champions of change in their own communities.

Members: $32.55
Non-members: $66.00

About Chanel Contos 

After collecting a handful of testimonies of sexual assault from close friends in May 2020, in February 2021, Chanel started an online petition demanding for consent education reform in Australian schools. To amplify the importance of this message, she called for other students to submit testimonies that detailed their sexual assault experience, and how education could have prevented this. In two weeks, over 6000 did. This petition and testimony collection that started on a shared Google doc, is now Teach Us Consent.

Thanks to the thousands of Australians who signed the petition, Chanel has been awarded the privilege to work closely with the Australian Government at both State and Federal levels, NSW Police, and The Australian Human Rights Commission to create educational reform and alternative reporting options for survivors of sexual assault. The Teach Us Consent community has triggered debates in NSW Parliament, mandated consent education in Victoria, and made consent be taught earlier and more explicitly in Queensland.

Following the completion of a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, Chanel left her tutoring job at the University of New South Wales and moved to London to study further. It was from here she virtually ran the Teach Us Consent campaign. Recently, Chanel received a Masters degree with First Class Honours in Gender, Education, and International Development from University College London. Her dissertation investigated how sexual assault occurs at scale within the culture of single sex elite education institutions in Australia.

Chanel and her advocacy for consent education has been featured in the New York Times, BBC World News, CNN, SBS, Vogue, Sky News, Marie Claire, The Guardian, and many more.

“I am forever thankful for everyone who has supported me or Teach Us Consent throughout the movement to take it to where it is today, and helped get to wherever we end up”. Chanel Contos.

About Madonna King

Madonna is an award-winning journalist, author and leader of public debate. She has written in depth about politics, education, health, crime and business and has moderated hundreds of panels across Australia.

She has built expertise on the issues confronting teenage girls, based on the research for her two best-selling books, Being 14 and Fathers and Daughters and Ten-ager, which will be released nationally January. Her knowledge is sought by governments and corporations wanting the better understand this influential, but vulnerable, part of the population.

Her skills are founded on more than three decades in journalism, including six years as the voice of radio current affairs in Queensland as the host of the ABC Mornings program.

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