Education Program to Combat Sexual Assault among Youth

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Byline: Christine McNeil news@northernstar.com.au

ALISON RAHN works locally as a sex therapist, but as the mother of a teenage daughter she finds herself paying particular attention to what she hears around the tracks regarding young people.

"A lot of what I hear just horrifies me," she said.

Now Ms Rahn, together with co-facilitators Sarah Kell and Casie Winkler, will present for the first time in Northern NSW the Sex and Ethics program for young people aged 16 to 24.

The program, from the University of Western Sydney, is the result of work by researcher Moira Carmody, who, on finding that no education program existed to address the problem of sexual assault, developed a pilot program in 2006-7.

The program was found to be effective, and has even been used by NRL players in Queensland, with one club that trained in it last year now implementing it with players.

Ms Rahn did the course herself recently and was so impressed that she negotiated with Mullumbimby Shearwater Steiner School to offer the course to their students, with a view to spreading it to other local schools. …