Notice of Motion – Plan International and OurWatch – Don’t Send Me that Pic Report
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
08 March, 2016

Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1.  New survey data released by Plan International Australia and OurWatch reveals Australian teenage girl’s aged 15-19 years perceptions about receiving uninvited sexually explicit images as well as pressure to take and send such images and cyberbullying.
  2. Alarming, 600 survey recipients from all states and territories report that online sexual harassment is commonplace.
  3. Key findings from the report titled ‘Don’t send me that pic’, include:
    1. Seven out of ten teenage girls believe online harassment and bullying is endemic;
    2. 58 percent agreed that girls often receive uninvited or unwanted indecent or sexually explicit material such as texts, video clips, and pornography;
    3. 44 percent do not feel comfortable reporting incidents of abusive online behaviour;
    4. 51 percent agreed that girls are often pressured to take ‘sexy’ photos of themselves and share them; and
    5. 82 percent of teenage girls believe it is unacceptable for boyfriends to ask for explicit content although pressure to do so is now commonplace.
  4.   With Australian youth among the most digitally literate in the world, this survey shows the online world has also become a platform in which Australian young women and girls face abuse and harassment.
  5. Our Watch CEO, Mary Barry said, “The findings from this survey reinforce the need for … respectful relationships education in schools.”
  6. The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to the delivery of the Respectful Relationships Program in all government schools, under our $26 million Safe Homes, Safe Families: Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015-2020.
  7. The $30 Million National Campaign to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children will also be launched in the coming months, as a primary prevention campaign aimed at encouraging influencers such as: parents, teachers, coaches, and community leaders to reflect on how their own attitudes and behaviours around gender equality and respectful relationships are inadvertently influencing attitudes of young people.  The campaign will also encourage influencers to have conversations with young people and to intervene when they see inappropriate behaviour – rather than excusing it.