When a close friend was sexually assaulted, Curtis Rayment channelled the helplessness and anger he felt into creating ‘It’s a Man’s Issue’.
In the aftermath of his friend’s assault, Curtis, born on his family’s cattle property, reflected on the way he and his peers referred to women. He also realised that as a teen, no one had spoken to him about his emotions or broader societal issues.
‘It’s a Man’s Issue’ travels to schools and clubs around Queensland to help young people understand consent, rape culture, victim blaming and toxic masculinity – plus other social issues that they have questions about.
The program recently won funding from Project Speak Up!, a Townsville not-for-profit organisation that addresses domestic and sexual violence. This means Curtis – who is also a final year medical student and volunteer at his local rugby club – can reach more students and train other young men to deliver the program.