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Raiders educated about sexual assault

By Jazz - 1 February 2008 31

It probably comes as no surprise that after a few drinks rugby league players can be less than chivalrous to the fairer sex. Certainly in recent times the off the field conduct of some NRL clubs has been well publicised. The Canberra Raiders however are set to take some quite confrontational steps at improving the off field conduct of their players according to this article on ABC Online. As a first for the NRL, Canberra Raiders players will be made to listen first hand to the story of a Rape victim.

AFP officer Phil Maynard who has designed the program had this to say about it.

“A lot of people think that sexual assault is rape. They don’t think a sexual assault is being disrespectful sexually to somebody. They don’t think sexual assault is actually pinching a girl on the backside in a disco. They think that’s accepted culture, and that culture has to change.”

I think this is a positive move. It takes empahsis away from token fines, or two match suspensions for inappropriate behaviour and places it where it truely belongs, on the real social and personal impact of that behaviour.

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Raiders educated about sexual assault
VYBerlinaV8 10:22 pm 03 Feb 08

Headbone – it’s a symptom of our modern ‘it’s not your fault, you’re the really the victim’ attitude. Because people are so willing to dismiss this kind of behaviour as ‘they’re youn and silly’ (and I’m talking both genders here), the behaviour never gets dealt with, and so it escalates until a major incident occurs. Then the footy club typically keeps it quiet so they can retain their star players. Less political correctness is required, and more examples…

Headbone 6:49 pm 03 Feb 08

What sort of effen morons play rugby that they need to get special ed lessons about no sexually assaulting women? God help us all.

ant 12:19 pm 03 Feb 08

The army has alwasy had the same issue: lots of testosterone poisoned young men, very fit, with money but not much to spend it on, and so the army has all kinds of things to keep them active and occupied (painting stuff, digging holes etc).

Football players don’t have that, other than training, plus they have the fame thing, and a LOT of money and silly young women throwing themselves at them. Bad combination.

back in the olden days, footy players had to hold jobs to pay the bills. Now they have nothing (except training).

VicePope 5:59 pm 02 Feb 08

It may stop a few incidents (ok, crimes or unwelcome contacts) from happening and, if it does, that’s a good thing that can only be made better by stopping all assaults of this kind. It’s trite, but giving masses of money, leisure time, prominence and alcohol to young men whose only ability is to smash others and be smashed by them with more equanimity than most of us is probably a reputation for making them feel special. With some of them, that “specialness” probably started as soon as they became teenagers.

It’s a smart move by the Raiders, for the community and for the reputation of the players, the team and the game.

ant 10:33 am 02 Feb 08

They were interviewing a few of the blokes after they came out of their re-education session on TV last night, and there was not a smirk to be seen. They actually seemed to have taken it on board, and seemed chastened. Kudos to officer Maynard, sounds like he’s a pretty clever bloke.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 3:52 am 02 Feb 08


If your gonna make vicious allegations like that bludger, at least name the player so we can spread it around a bit.

Comment by Stung — 1 February, 2008 @ 3:19 pm


Sands 10:34 pm 01 Feb 08

I don’t care if it was the arse. It’s not on.

Thumper 10:32 pm 01 Feb 08

Good on you bludge…

It needs more of thsat sort of behaviour to shame these bastards.

I can guess who it was.

of course, there does need to be a balance….

Mr Evil 5:23 pm 01 Feb 08

Hooter or beaver? 😉

Bludger 4:30 pm 01 Feb 08

Hmm well it wasn’t the bum. I may not have got as angry if it were.

I made enough of a scene in the club for everyone to know. It wasn’t very full at this stage.

Mr Evil 4:00 pm 01 Feb 08

I thought it was acceptable to pinch a girl’s bottom, so long as you weren’t with 3 inches of her date!

Mælinar 3:23 pm 01 Feb 08

I thought pinching a girl on the bum in a disco was an approved method of letting her know you liked her without letting the boy dancing with her know you are interested in his date.

Once reciprocated, time to cut in.

My things have changed since I was a single youth in no control of any of my facilities, except the ones that allow you to stand soberly and order more drinks.

Stung 3:19 pm 01 Feb 08

If your gonna make vicious allegations like that bludger, at least name the player so we can spread it around a bit.

Bludger 1:49 pm 01 Feb 08

I hope they listen. I was groped and then abused (after I confronted him for doing it) by one of their ‘star’ players at a club in Civic last year. The players (not all) think it’s acceptable, it’s disgusting really.

This player’s behaviour was so abhorrent it makes you wonder what his family and/or girlfriend think.

Holden Caulfield 11:51 am 01 Feb 08

Raiders educated about sexual assault

I thought they had enough to worry about with their on field form, rather than taking steps to improve their off field form. 😛

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