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Sex Ed by Porn?

Learn how we can do better

Auckland Workshop 13 November 2015

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Sex Ed by Porn? Learn how we can do better.

Gain skills to assist young people whose sexual understandings  have been distorted by pornography

Over the past decade or so, pornography has become both more mainstream and more hardcore. For young people growing up in this era of ever-new and accessible technology it is almost impossible to avoid exposure to pornography. The classroom or parent talk is now no match for porn – with its endless array of gyrating bodies, offering a quick, easy and anonymous sexual charge. Porn has become the default sexuality educator for young people growing up online. Consumption – particularly for young men – has become normalised.  And the ways young people understand and experience gender and sex are being influenced by what they – or their partners or peers – observe in porn, with serious implications for their capacity to negotiate free and full consent, for mutual respect, for sexual health, and for gender equality.

This workshop will help you understand how pornography is shaping young people’s sexual expectations and experiences and give you tools to help equip young people for a sexuality that is safe, respectful and fully consenting.

This training is led by Maree Crabbe, whose work on pornography, together with her colleague, David Corlett, includes conducting over 140 interviews with young people, academics, professionals who work with young people, and performers, producers, directors, executives and agents from the pornography industry in Hungary and the US.

Who should attend?

If you are working with young people affected by porn, you will benefit from this workshop.

Maree provides training for teachers, youth workers, counsellors, police and people working in fields such as health promotion, youth justice, sexual assault and family violence. The training assists participants to develop their understanding of how easily accessible pornography is influencing young people’s sexual expectations and behaviour. It builds participants’ confidence and skills to address these issues with young people, and provides an introduction to resources available to support this work.


Maree Crabbe photoMaree Crabbe coordinates the community education project Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality. She is Co-Producer and Co-Director of the documentary film Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography, and author of In The Picture – a whole school resource to assist secondary schools to address the influence of explicit sexual imagery.

Maree has worked with young people – and on issues affecting young people – in the community sector for over 20 years. She has developed and delivered programs focusing on sexual violence prevention, sexual diversity and prevention of sexually transmissible infections. Maree’s articles on young people, sexuality and pornography have been published in online and print media.

More information on the work that Maree does is on her Reality & Risk website: It’s time we talked

Price & Registration

$145.00 + GST for the full day. Reduced price of $130.00 + GST for subsequent bookings from the same organisation. You can opt for payment by credit card or invoice.

Included in the registration:

      • Attendance at the workshop
      • Networking with others in your sector or field
      • Name tag, delegate list
      • Welcoming coffee/tea, morning and afternoon tea, and lunch
      • Skills and learning

There are 3 steps in the online booking process. You will receive an automated confirmation email. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Cris Sanders on 06 878 3456 or email

What happens if you have to cancel?

Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. Alternatively, a refund less $50 + GST service charge per registrant will be made for cancellations received in writing (email, letter or fax) up to ten working days prior to the Conference. Regrettably, no refund can be made less than ten working days prior to the event. However, you will be sent the Conference materials upon request. Delegates are responsible for their own travel/ accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the Conference be rescheduled or cancelled. Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the Conference – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.


13 November 2015
Registration 8.30am
Workshop runs 9am – 4.30pm

Freeman’s Bay Community Hall
52 Hepburn Street, Freemans Bay

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