Character Monologue

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Ava's monologue: 'Please stop'

  • This monologue helps students to explore Ava's feelings and emotions as she wonders what she could have done differently. Students may explore whether what girls and boys want from a relationship is different. Following discussion could consider rights and responsibilities in relationships.
  • TV ads from the government's teenage relationship abuse campaign 'This is abuse ' highlight some of the issues and attitudes and could be used to further stimulate discussion.

  • NSPCC research found that one in three girls aged 13-17 had experienced some form of sexual violence. Girls with an older or 'much older' partner were more likely to experience violence.
  • Students can go on to research the legal age of consent for sex in different countries around the world or Europe. In the Netherlands for instance the age of consent is 16, although consensual sexual relations between adolescents (aged 12 and over) are not punished, as long as both partners are close in age - i.e. not more than 3 years apart in age. Discuss ' why is this? Why is that girls with an older or "much older" partner are more likely to experience violence?

  • This character monologue deals with the sensitive issue of rape. Read more about this subject in this useful Fact sheet (PDF) which includes information about where young people can go for help and advice.

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