What was your reaction to the Wellington College ‘rape jokes’ scandal?

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“The fact that people are defending it is disgusting. Rape jokes are not commonplace in schools and I would not take that sort of thing lying down if they were my friends.”

— Emma, 20.

“I think the jokes made on private chat were disgusting and sexist. It also didn’t seem like they were joking all that much, which makes it even more disturbing.”

— Elise, 16.

“I think the jokes are gross. Just because they were in a private chat/group doesn’t make it okay or anything either. I don’t see how people are defending them either,”

— Kate, 16

“The rape jokes were disgusting and I’m glad there has been all the backlash against it. But these things won’t stop happening till we lose the “boys will be boys” excuse.

— Nitha, 16

“Rape is only real to those who have experienced it or someone who has had a friend go through it. Making jokes of it isn’t acceptable, especially if you haven’t experienced it. There are a number of reasons why making jokes about sexual abuse is not acceptable, but the one that stands out to me the most is the fact that people have been through it and it leaves emotional scars.”

— Miriama, 16

"I think it’s appalling. They are not funny, nor will they ever be. Our girls (and boys) are the ones who are paying the price for comments such as these being treated as “jokes”. Is this really the type of image we want to allow for the boys of New Zealand?”

— Kate, 16

“The fact that people are defending it is disgusting. Rape jokes are not commonplace in schools and I would not take that sort of thing lying down if they were my friends.”

— Emma, 20.

“I think the jokes made on private chat were disgusting and sexist. It also didn’t seem like they were joking all that much, which makes it even more disturbing.”

— Elise, 16.

“I think the jokes are gross. Just because they were in a private chat/group doesn’t make it okay or anything either. I don’t see how people are defending them either,”

— Kate, 16

“The rape jokes were disgusting and I’m glad there has been all the backlash against it. But these things won’t stop happening till we lose the “boys will be boys” excuse.

— Nitha, 16

“Rape is only real to those who have experienced it or someone who has had a friend go through it. Making jokes of it isn’t acceptable, especially if you haven’t experienced it. There are a number of reasons why making jokes about sexual abuse is not acceptable, but the one that stands out to me the most is the fact that people have been through it and it leaves emotional scars.”

— Miriama, 16

"I think it’s appalling. They are not funny, nor will they ever be. Our girls (and boys) are the ones who are paying the price for comments such as these being treated as “jokes”. Is this really the type of image we want to allow for the boys of New Zealand?”

— Kate, 16

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