A group of students are upset after a speaker at their high school brought other students to tears during an assembly about rape and domestic violence.
The assembly at Humble High School was for 9th and 10th grade girls. The school district says it was planned by students as part of International Women’s Day.
A speaker was brought in from a local domestic voilence and sexual assault charity to speak about teen dating violence, sexual assault awareness and healthy relationships.
It started out as a simple message of self-respect and the four friends were on board. But they say when another group of girls began talking through the assembly, the visiting speaker snapped at them.
“She said when she moves the cover from over your face and they start swabbing and combing the hair, she was explaining the rape kit, she said she would not feel bad for us. She said she would tell us, ‘Oh I told you this was going to happen to you.'” said Chantranise Lane, a sophomore at Humble High School.
The district confirms that they speaker talked about how and what students wear, and what they portray on social media can create an impression.
To many of the girls present, it felt like an accusation. The girls said there were rape victims in the assembly brought to tears by the speakers comments.
“They shouldn’t be telling students that just because you’re posed a certain way, you’re going to get assaulted. That shouldn’t happen. You need to teach the boys not to do that.” said Zaria Rogan, another sophomore at the school.
The girls said it seemed wrong that boys were not allowed in the assembly. They said they felt the message was misplaced.
“If somebody comes at me and I tell them ‘No, you stop what you’re doing,’ that is a no. So if boys are not being taught this and they’re being taught that if we portray ourselves like this then they can do what they want to us, then that’s never going to change.” said Emily Nelson, also a student at the school.
“I’m not mad at them about trying to teach us about respect but it should have just been addressed in a better way.” said Faith Jordan, another student.
The district said they ended the assembly early when it was clear students were upset. The second session that was to be held for upperclassmen girls Thursday afternoon was cancelled.
Source: KHOU 11 News | Alice Barr