Wednesday, May 02, 2007

AFL Develops Respect & Responsibility Policy

The Australian Football League has announced the development of their 'Respect & Responsibility Policy' to address sexual assault, harassment and discrimination, through player education and training.

In partnership with VicHealth, who have developed their own independent public health model, the AFL is
developing resources to assist Clubs at the local community level to build club environments that are safe, supportive and inclusive for women and girls. The policy is also about changing attitudes that have been embedded in the industry for a long time...Through our training sessions players are now aware that the women in their lives – their sisters, girlfriends, and wives – often manage a fear of being sexually assaulted. Others were shocked.

The AFL have been involved in White Ribbon Campaigns in the past with players Adam Goodes, Russell Robertson, Simon Black, Sam Mitchell and Tom Harley playing roles as ambassadors to Australia's White Ribbon Day.

The full press release can be read here.

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