Activists say this is far from an isolated issue.
Sexual consent advocate Chanel Contos believes type of behaviour seen among some past and former student’s of Sydney’s Knox Grammar School happens “absolutely everywhere”. Source: Instagram
Chanel Contos is the founder of the Teach Us Consent movement and director of the Australia Institute’s Centre for Sex and Gender Equality,
“Often these sorts of schooling institutions create a situation wherein entitlement is basically at its peak; these young privileged teenage boys, part of their schooling inherently makes them apathetic towards marginalised groups.”
“I’m sure that millions of Australians right now, especially Australian men, are reflecting on things that they said in their youth and cringing on them and regretting it. And the point is that until we get to a stage where we’re able to educate ourselves on these things, these behaviours keep happening, so we need to intervene earlier.”
‘We’re catching this behaviour too late’
“We have to think about … where have those children learnt those ideas, where have they been cultivated, where have they been allowed to grow? And that is their schooling system.”
Saxon Mullins said schools need to be “hyper-aware” of the culture they are fostering. Source: Supplied
Renee Carr, Executive Director of gender equity campaigning organisation Fair Agenda, said more work needs to be done across the education system.
“We should be raising young people to fundamentally believe and act in ways that are respectful towards each other. Respectful relationships education is a critical part of that; as is intervening with unacceptable behaviour like this.”
SBS News has approached Knox Grammar for comment.