July 02, 2021
School’s response to harassment survey inspiring
The South Island Whānau Ora commissioning agency has offered to help Christchurch Girls High School as it takes the next steps in dealing with a survey showing widespread sexual harassment.
The survey commissioned by the schools after concerns about the rise in harassment found 60 percent of Christchurch Girls' High School students said they've been sexually harassed – more than a quarter of them more than 10 times – and more than 20 students said they had been raped.
Te Putahitanga chief executive Helen Leahy says the agency has funded a Timaru group called Warrior Princess which works with young women to bring out the warrior in them.
Similar help could be offered in Ōtautahi.
"When we see these young women at Christchurch Girls High, particularly the leadership of Amiria Tikao, the head girls, what we see is strong, insightful statements that make us think as a society we have to do better," she says.
Ms Leahy it’s the sort of leadership that is needed in communities to ensure violence isn’t normalised.
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