The petition launched a fortnight ago by former Sydney school girl Chanel Contos is gaining momentum, with schools and state governments now being forced to address the distressing accounts of assault.
By Wednesday night, Ms Contos’ website ‘teachusconsent’ had amassed more than 2900 anonymised testimonies by former and current high school students – overwhelmingly girls and women – across the country.
In the first week of its existence the website and petition, which calls for mandatory consent education to be taught at a younger age, focused on stories of sexual assault and rape against students from private schools in Sydney. But now the harrowing accounts, which are untested, have named public schools in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Among the testimonies are from students from Our Lady of Mercy College in Heidelberg, Geelong Grammar, Princes Hill Secondary College, Yarra Valley Grammar, Geelong High School, Emmanuel College in Point Cook, Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College in Geelong, Monbulk College, Oxley College, Cathedral College in Wangaratta, St Columba’s College in Essendon, Upwey High School, St Leonard’s College in Melbourne, Canterbury Girls Secondary College, Mentone Girls Secondary College, Eltham College, Chaffey Secondary College in Mildura, Strathmore Secondary College, Ballarat High School, St Catherine’s in Melbourne, Aquinas College in Ringwood, Sacre Cœur in Glen Iris, Salesian College in Sunbury, Emerald Secondary College, Northcote High School, Catholic College Sale, Caulfield Grammar, St Monica’s College in Epping, Mount Evelyn Christian School, Haileybury College, Viewbank College, Melbourne Girls Grammar, St Joseph’s College in Geelong and Methodist Ladies’ College in Kew.
Schools of alleged victims
- Our Lady of Mercy College in Heidelberg
- Geelong Grammar
- Princes Hill Secondary College
- MacRobertson Girls High School
- Yarra Valley Grammar
- Geelong High School
- Emmanuel College in Point Cook
- Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College in Geelong
- Monbulk College
- Oxley College
- Cathedral College in Wangaratta
- St Columba’s College in Essendon
- Upwey High School
- St Leonard’s College in Melbourne
- Canterbury Girls Secondary College
- Mentone Girls Secondary College
- Eltham College
- Chaffey Secondary College in Mildura
- Strathmore Secondary College
- Ballarat High School
- St Catherine’s in Melbourne
- Aquinas College in Ringwood
- Sacre Cœur in Glen Iris
- Salesian College in Sunbury
- Emerald Secondary College
- Northcote High School
- Catholic College Sale
- Caulfield Grammar
- St Monica’s College in Epping
- Mount Evelyn Christian School
- Haileybury College
- Viewbank College
- Melbourne Girls Grammar
- St Joseph’s College in Geelong
- Methodist Ladies’ College in Kew
Some of the testimonies allege the perpetrators were students of Brighton Secondary College, Melbourne Grammar School, St Kevin’s College, Brighton Secondary College, Berwick Grammar School, Emmanuel College in Altona North, Melbourne Grammar School, Marcellin College in Bulleen, McKinnon Secondary College, Geelong Grammar School, Camberwell High School, Whitefriars College in Donvale and Wesley College.
Former students or teachers of Castlemaine Secondary College, Maryborough Education Centre, Greensborough Secondary College and Brunswick Secondary College all called for better sex education but did not allege any assaults.