Respect the legal line

The violence prevention program #R4Respect is launching a new program that will help Logan young people know where to draw the legal line in respectful relationships.

The program is supported by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

Through a digital campaign called Respect the Legal Line, this new program will tackle challenging topics related to domestic violence in youth relationships, same-sex youth relationships, and sexting.

Every week, from the 17th of May until the 4th of July, one of the 15 #R4Respect Youth Ambassadors will champion a scenario-based topic.

Questions to be covered throughout the implementation of the digital campaign include:

  • You’ve been dating a guy for three months, and you feel like it’s starting to get creepy. He won’t let you see your friends, and sometimes he pins you up against the wall. What do you do?
  • What if you are in a relationship with someone and you’re both boys – do you think it’s ok to hit each other if you ever into an argument?
  • If you show nude photos of your girlfriend to your friends, but you don’t actually send them to anyone else, what does this mean?

The campaign will also look at other topics such as: age of consent, age thresholds in Queensland’s criminal law, revenge porn, sexual harassment at work, and the law and diversity.

#R4Respect Youth Ambassador, Andrew Taukolo, believes young people need to think more about respect, to really understand what it means, so they will know where to draw the line.

“We are very excited about this program; it will be great to see more young people getting involved and spreading the word about respect,” he said.

The campaign kicks off in May as part of the Domestic and Family Violence prevention month.

#R4Respect is YFS’ domestic violence prevention and education strategy for young people aged 12 to 24 in Logan. Its main focus is to prevent violence before it occurs.

To join the campaign, young people can follow R4Respect on Facebook or on Twitter – @R4Respect.