A group of teen were upset when their school decided to hold an assembly on rape and domestic violence for International Women’s Day that they say brought many of their fellow students to tears.
At first, the assembly at Humble High School, which was held for 9th and 10th grade girl, focused on self-respect. But when a group of girls in the audience started to talk during the presentation, the speaker became angry.
“She said when she moves the cover from over your face and they start swabbing and combing the hair, she was explaining the rape kit, she said she would not feel bad for us. She said she would tell us, ‘Oh I told you this was going to happen to you.'” said Chantranise Lane, a sophomore.
The speaker went on to lecture the girls about the importance of how they dress and how they portray themselves on social media. The students said that some of the students at the assembly were rape survivors and that the things said at the assembly brought the girls to tears.
“They shouldn’t be telling students that just because you’re posed a certain way, you’re going to get assaulted. That shouldn’t happen. You need to teach the boys not to do that.” said Zaria Rogan.
Some of the students were also upset that boys were not told to go to a similar lecture.
“If somebody comes at me and I tell them ‘No, you stop what you’re doing,’ that is a no. So if boys are not being taught this and they’re being taught that if we portray ourselves like this then they can do what they want to us, then that’s never going to change.” said Emily Nelson.
Since then, the school district has issued a statement:
The intent of the assembly was to keep students safe by educating girls on texting/sexting, teen dating violence, sexual assault awareness, and healthy relationships. Parents were informed of the assembly and permission slips distributed. The assembly was part of a variety of special campus activities planned by students through service learning in conjunction with International Women’s Day.
Some comments addressed that one’s clothing and social media activity creates impressions. As students asked questions, school staff members noticed that some students were upset and so they stepped in and ended the assembly about 15 minutes early. The school did not repeat the assembly in the afternoon as planned. We never want any student to feel uncomfortable and will be meeting with those who have concerns so that we can prevent future misunderstandings.
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