Where do you suggest we stand? Subject positions inherent in sexual assault prevention messages

Lee, Tamara & Krogh, Chris (2005) Where do you suggest we stand? Subject positions inherent in sexual assault prevention messages. In Social Change in the 21st Century, 28 October 2005, QUT Carseldine, Brisbane.


Organised and resourced sexual assault prevention efforts are no longer "too abstract and futuristic to serve as a practical basis for public policy" (McCall, 1993, p292).. While for some years there have been isolated activities for preventing sexual assault or sexual violence, in 2004 the National Framework for Sexual Assault Prevention was published by the Australian Office of the Status of Women. In the same year, the Violence Abuse and Neglect Prevention team of NSCCH, developed a local Sexual Assault Prevention Strategic Plan. One model of sexual assault prevention uses public health strategies and social marketing campaigns to reinforce the illegality of abusive behaviours. Carmody warns, though, that "[w]hile current prevention strategies continue to focus solely on attempting to control or regulate unethical desire, acts and pleasure, they will fail to achieve non-violent communities" (Carmody, 2003, p213). The model of sexual assault prevention proposed by the Sexual Assault Prevention Strategic Plan includes the promotion of sexual health and ethical behaviours in relationships. This paper examines possible subject positions offered in differing violence prevention models. It considers the nature of relationship with oneself and with others that they suggest, and possible consequences of taking these up. The paper is one component of a small study designed to examine young men’s experience of two different sexual assault prevention messages through public poster campaigns. The study will contrast the effectiveness of these campaigns for engaging young men in being responsible for their behaviours in relationships.

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ID Code: 3507
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: sexual assault prevention, ethical relationships, subject positions
ISBN: 1741071089
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Applied Sociology Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment (160801)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Tamara Lee and Chris Krogh
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:30

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