The captain of an elite Brisbane school has delivered a chilling and impassioned speech on sexual violence, imploring his classmates to “stop being boys, be human,” news.comau reports.
Brisbane Boys’ College (BBC) student Mason Black addressed the scourge of Australia’s rape culture being exposed through brave women across the country, highlighted by Australian of the Year Grace Tame, who was groomed by a teacher at 15, and former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins, who was allegedly raped in Parliament House.
The horrific revelations have rocked federal and state political foundations, but the disturbing stories of victims from schools across the country were also exposed through testimonies from an online forum established by former Sydney student Chanel Contos.
Among the more than 3000 stories, a former Brisbane Girls Grammar School student claimed she was violently raped by a BBC contemporary.
Mason said his school being featured in this list of testimonies “makes me feel sick”, urging his classmates on Thursday to take responsibility to address “rape culture (that) is so deeply ingrained in today’s world”.
“Boys, this speech today is different, and it is the hardest one I have ever had to write,” he said. “Not because it is difficult, but because it is heartbreaking.
“Too many of my friends, our friends, too many of my loved ones, your loved ones, and too many women around Australia are victims of sexual assault.
“The narrative needs to change.”
The school captain rubbished the concept proposed by NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller that a sex app be developed to record consent.
“If a woman wants to say no, and she says no, we have to listen, understand and accept this.”
Brisbane Boys’ College school captain Mason Black.Source:Instagram