A SCHOOL has forced young boys to stand up in assembly and apologise for RAPES on behalf of their gender, sparking fury among pupils and parents.
Brauer College in Victoria, Australia, held an assembly on Wednesday where boys were made to apologise to girls and women in a symbolic gesture.
The male students were forced to say sorry that women are raped and sexually assaulted, despite them never having committed such acts.
One parent of a boy, 12, in Year 7 says her son was left confused as to why this was happening.
Danielle Shepard told 7News: “He said that he was made to stand up and basically apologise.
“It wasn’t explained properly to the male students what they were doing or why they were doing it.
“They really should have made more of an effort to notify the parents.”
On Facebook another mother called the assemble “a joke.”
She said: “Wow just wow. This is actually disgusting Brauer College.
“Not at all impressed that you made my son apologise for something he’s never done nor considered doing.”
And pupils are just as angry as their parents, with one male student criticising the assembly on Snapchat.
He wrote: ‘Today at Brauer they made every guy stand up and apologise to every girl for rape, sexual assault,’
‘Guys go through as much s**t as girls do.’
‘WELL-INTENDED BUT INAPPROPRIATE’
Principal of the Warrnambool school, Jane Boyle defended the school’s intentions, but admitted that it had been “inappropriate.”
She said: “The assembly included the screening of a video message by Brisbane Boys’ College Captain Mason Black about being proactive in stopping incidents of sexual assault and harassment.
“As part of this discussion boys were asked to stand as a symbolic gesture of apology for the behaviours of their gender that have hurt or offended girls and women.
“In retrospect, while well-intended, we recognise that this part of the assembly was inappropriate.”
It comes as the Victorian Acting Premier James Merlino has made teaching consent compulsory in all government schools from next month.
Previously, schools were not directly told to teach consent but focused on sexuality, relationships and safety.
From next term state schools will be compelled to to teach the government’s Respectful Relationships training on free agreements.
Mr Merlino said: “Respectful Relationships is proven to make a real difference and is a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
“It is a program that should be rolled out nationwide.
“But we have to listen to students, who say they want and need a greater focus on this issue in the classroom.”