We kind of began the day with an activism workshop with src’s coming in and engaging us to involve with the school. On a more practical note us teenagers will be around for longer to be able to push for this direction than an adult will be. I think we have more open opinion of the world around us as we have not been fully trained into a fixed world view as yet. The src’s told us a whole lot, and that they are committed to embracing themselves and each other as learners who need equally to engage their capacities for critical thinking and their passions for taking effective action. What I really picked up on is that as learners we have many different ways we learn and different amount of time, energy and other resources to commit to this learning.
In session three we had the North Melbourne Legal Service team come in as advocates against family violence. I guess domestic violence is an under reported crime so it’s difficult to keep accurate statistics, but I was totally upset by the fact that 1 in 3 of us will experience this at some time in our life. I think I’m very lucky to have never witnessed this type of behaviour at home, and now that I’ve been educated about this I will make sure to help and make a great difference to anyone in this situation as my response is really important. Prior to this I thought domestic violence was generally physical abuse but really there are many forms including emotional, economical, spiritual and vice versa. I never understood why someone would express power and control over someone they love, it just doesn’t seem right. Although it’s beautiful to see such organisations working to empower families in crisis by providing a safe, confidential and comforting environment, where all may begin the healing process. They strive to treat everyone with fairness and respect regardless of anything.