Guidelines for schools for when a sexual assault between students happens
With 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys in NZ being sexually abused before they turn 16 it is sadly a common occurrence that a perpetrator and survivor of sexual violence to both attend the same school. Currently there are no rules or regulations around this and it is up to every individual school to decide what to do, unfortunately they do not usually handle it well. I tried to count the number of times I have seen this in the 10 years I was at school and I got to 15 before giving up. It is abundantly clear that this is a really big issue that schools have no idea how to react to, leaving both students and teachers with varying degrees of emotional trauma and completely undermining the ideal of schools being safe learning spaces.
EvasWish has teamed up with HELP: Auckland again to try and make this situation easier by creating a set of guidelines for schools to follow.
We are currently working on a survey that we are aiming at current high school students and those who have been out of school for less than 10 years. The questions will be hypothetical and both multi choice and written answer. An example of a multi choice question could be "If this happened to you what initial reaction would you want from your school?" An example of a written answer question could be "What could your school improve on that would make you feel comfortable reaching out for help if this happened to you?"
One of the resources we aim to create is a "Decision Tree" diagram as a basic starter for schools so that they know what kind of assault took place and who needs to be informed about it. A "Decision Tree" is a graph that asks you a question then depending on your answer moves you to another question. This goes on until you reach a final answer.
We have a great team of people volunteering their time and skills to this and have already had multiple schools interested in trialling our ideas.
All updates on how this is going will be added to this page.