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New Perspectives On Sexual Ethics And Sexual Violence Prevention

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6 April 2009 - An Australian expert in sexual ethics and the prevention of sexual violence is visiting New Zealand this week to meet with local counterparts and present a public lecture at The University of Auckland.

Associate Professor Moira Carmody, from the University of Western Sydney, has led the development of a six-week education programme that helps young people learn new ways of negotiating their sexual relationships. The programme has been successfully piloted in New South Wales and is about to be extended to other parts of Australia and New Zealand.

It was developed from research showing that young Australians were not well prepared for the complexity of sexual intimacy, and that existing education programmes focused on risks associated with sex rather than providing the skills they needed to negotiate sex ethically.

Associate Professor Carmody's seminar will present findings from her latest book "Sex and ethics: Young people and ethical sex", which argues for an alternative approach to sexual assault prevention and outlines the theoretical basis for her six-week education programme. She will talk about the importance of working with young people to help them in sexual decision-making that balances pleasure and safety.

In addition to speaking at The University of Auckland, Associate Professor Carmody will meet with local academics and organisations involved in sexual violence prevention. Her visit is an opportunity to continue discussions begun at a national hui on sexual violence prevention last year. Such activities have coincided with a greater focus on sexual violence in New Zealand over the last two years, including the work of the government Taskforce for Action on Sexual Violence established in 2007 to more effectively address this complex social issue.

Associate Professor Carmody's seminar, "Is there a role for ethics in sexual assault prevention education?" is from 4 - 5:30 pm, Tuesday 7 April, Room 604, Human Sciences Building, The University of Auckland, 10 Symonds Street. No registration is required, there is no cost, and everyone is welcome.

This will be the first of two lectures on sexual violence prevention research hosted by The University of Auckland's Department of Psychology. The second lecture, addressing the development of a sexual assault prevention programme for university women, will be presented at 4pm, Wednesday 22 April, by Professor Charlene Senn from The University of Windsor, Canada.

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