The Everyone's Invited movement has lifted the lid on thousands of disturbing, anonymous allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment perpetrated mostly upon young women across the UK. Many testimonies name the schools where the alleged perpetrators attend and where many of the incidents occurred. The groundswell of emotion and anger that has been expressed by young women, and many young men, is unprecedented.
As parents and carers we have been left shocked and dumbfounded. How did we get to a place where so many victims felt marginalized and silenced that their only recourse was to post their experiences on a social media site? "Why?" we ask didn't they tell us what had occurred?
This presentation will look at Rape Culture and Toxic Masculinity. Why, we explore, are young people so confused about what consent means? Is the media and pornography playing a major role in re enforcing negative gender stereo types, attitudes and expectations leading to this confusion?
We will look at these issues as well as how we can effect positive change by supporting survivors and by being active bystanders with Deana Puccio, Co-Founder of The RAP Project, former Sex Crimes Prosecutor and mother of three daughters.