A group of year 12 students from Adelaide High School have organised a Youth Against Sexual Violence march today, taking place at 12:30 at Tarntanyangga/Victoria Square.
Supported by Justice4WomenSA, the group behind the Women’s March 4 Justice, the event encourages students around SA to walkout of school in protest against the toxic cultures that pervade Australia’s education system and gather in unity to march against the staggering rates of sexual violence perpetrated against and by youth.
The students will be joined by key political figures such as Kate Ellis as well as eductaors who specialise on children’s wellbeing around sexual abuse and trauma.
The event will commence at 12:30 on 24 June, where up to 1000 students are expected to march in protest. Protesters will take part in a one minute silence, listen to a number of speeches from experts and founders of the locally organised Call4Action group and march along King William Street.
Speakers at the Adelaide event will include:
Martha, Bella and Jenny, Year 12 Students from schools across Adelaide, some of whom founded the Adelaide High School Call4Action group.
Karen Keavy: educator, counsellor and children’s author who specialises in wellbeing, developing workshops on the adverse effects of sexual abuse and trauma.
Kate Ellis: former Australian politician, who represented the Division of Adelaide in the Australian House of Representatives for the Australian Labor Party from 2004- 2019
The event forms part of a larger national movement taking place around the country, with simultaneous protests in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Part of a wider national movement, Youth Against Sexual Violence Australia, the protest calls for national action and discussion on how actions can be taken to end sexual violence against youth and within Australian schools. One of the group’s key demands is an in-depth look at national reform that tackles the current model of sexual and wellbeing education in schools.