Our Building Respectful Relationships program creates and builds positive perspectives and behaviours in students around gender. The program has seen great success since its inception and this year alone we have reached over 170 Year 9 students at Cranbourne Secondary College.
The program topics of respectful relationships help define violence and abuse, sexual assault and sexual harassment, and communication and consent. Throughout the program there have been a number of students who have identified with the topics covered as they have reflected personal experiences; our expert facilitators have been able to link these students with individual supports and counselling funded through local philanthropist The Garry White Foundation.
With thanks to their generosity, we are able to provide weekly ongoing counselling assistance located at the school for students in the program.
Since being involved in the program, two-thirds of students felt they had changed the way they related towards other people. Additionally, out of the 38% of students who indicated they did not know about sexual harassment prior to the program, almost all indicated they were going to change how they treated people.
"Your program has been one of the most powerful positive influences on our students...They are displaying greater tolerance towards one another and are more resilient and willing to challenge others who exhibit harmful behaviours."
Martin Cash, Principal - Cranbourne Secondary College
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