Deanne Carson is an Australian sexuality educator, speaker, researcher and author. She has presented papers at Australian and international conferences covering topics such as body safety, consent, sexuality, social media, education, etc.
She recently appeared on Australia´s ABC news network to comment about a rape case that sparked a national debate on sexual consent laws. She said something that called everyone´s attention and led to a lot of social media controversy. Most people don´t agree at all with what she said, some even say she is being ridiculous and what not.
According to Deanne Carson, if you have a baby you have to ask them for permission before changing their diaper and watch for a response through body language:
“We work with parents from birth…Just about how to set up a culture of consent in their homes. ‘I’m going to change your nappy now, is that OK?’ Of course a baby’s not going to respond ‘yes mum, that’s awesome I’d love to have my nappy changed’.
“But if you leave a space and wait for body language and wait to make eye contact then you’re letting that child know that their response matters,”she said.
She has been ridiculed and very criticized on social media for this comment:
“Sadly, some people have chosen to ridicule me (oh no! Pink hair! Must be a lesbian!) and the notion of giving infants bodily autonomy (poo in nappies har har amiright?!) [sic],” she said.
Deanne works with children, teachers and parents encouraging best practices in abuse prevention, teaching children their rights and responsibilities.
“One in three girls, one in seven boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they are eighteen years old. One in twelve girls will be sexually abused before their sixth birthday. ” “Troll me all you want, add to your blog inches, but remember that when you do, you are negating the voices of these brave survivors of sexual abuse.”
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