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A schoolboy speaks out about rape culture

“Boys, for me it cuts too close to home. Even my own mother, at the age of 10, against her will, was sexually abused before she learned about the birds and the bees.

Are you brave enough to ask your mum about her experiences? What about your sisters? Friends? You shouldn’t have to ask women these questions.

This rape culture is so deeply ingrained into today’s world, and it needs to be addressed. As good as this message is coming from public speakers or staff, it’s up to us: the boys. 

To all my friends that are girls, thank you for being so strong. To all the mother figures, especially in the boarding house… thank you for being there for me.

And to all women, I am so inspired by you.

To Mum, I hope sharing your story helps boys understand how close this issue really is to home.

Love you always, Mason”


 

“Stop being boys, be human”: Mason Black’s speech to his classmates at Brisbane Boys’ College – excerpts plus hear his 6-minute speech (Guardian, 19/3/21)

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