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Addressing pornography’s impact on young people

Released 03/08/17

ACC is co-sponsoring a forum in Wellington on Thursday August 3 2017 which is looking at the potential impacts on young people of pornography.

The forum brings together young people, youth workers, counsellors, and others who regularly work with young people including secondary teachers, health professionals, Police Youth Aid officers and in community organisations.

One of ACC’s strategic intentions is further raise awareness about ACC’s violence injury prevention initiatives among young New Zealanders, and those working with young people.

ACC wants young people to experience safe, healthy and respectful relationships.

As part of the sponsorship agreement of the forum, ACC will have the opportunity to make a presentation on its Mates and Dates programme.

Mates and Dates, a pilot programme first trialled in 2014, is a healthy relationships programme designed for Year 9 to Year 13 students, its aim is to assist to teach healthy relationship skills and behaviours, and to help prevent sexual and dating violence.

  • The programme is taught by specialist facilitators (two per class – one male and one female) with teachers present.
  • It is taught in 50 minute sessions each week over five weeks – which is considered best practice intensity and length dosage.
  • Mates & Dates is designed to both increase knowledge and awareness of sexual and dating violence and to help to positively change attitudes and behaviours.
  • It is relevant to all students, whether or not they are dating, because the skills taught can be used in all relationships from friendships to family/whānau to dating.
  • Mates & Dates focuses on the social and emotional aspects of having relationships. It teaches young people how to have relationships based on respect, negotiation and consent. It teaches students how to seek and give consent – focus groups that were part of the programme’s development showed many young people don’t know what ‘consent’ is.
  • It also supports students with information on how to get help if they’re in an unhealthy relationship, and how and when to safely intervene if they see others in potentially unsafe situations.
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