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Every woman I know has had an experience

I think she and I [the participant and her mother] have talked about this a lot and we both have had experiences, and every woman I know, frankly, has had an experience [...]. I shouldn’t say every woman I know; it’s not like I share those experiences with every woman I know. But my friends, my mom, my mum’s friends - I mean, we know that this is nothing rare [...]. [It is about] living through times when the only answer was "What did you do?" and, "It’s your fault." [...] So, when you’re talking about having it understood that it’s not the person’s fault who was assaulted, that’s light years ahead of what many of these women that I’m thinking of had experienced. So in that way, yes, they would be happy that it’s [the policy is] at least acknowledging it [sexual assault], but they would recognize that there’s more that can be done. [...] It’s about the understanding that [...] the eras that they have lived through, that I have lived through even, in my lifetime, about the understanding of whose fault it was. And what would happen if you told somebody? Nothing. For years and years, nothing would happen. Um, so that’s the context they would understand. We have moved from there to somewhere else and this policy reflects that, but it could go further.


  • Including male students across cultures in discussions of sexual violence, gender stereotypes, and stereotypes of masculinity.

  • In education and awareness campaigns, highlight the fact that a significant percentage of men have experienced sexual violence in their lives.