Expert says a baby needs to give CONSENT before their nappy is changed
‘I’m going to change your nappy now, is that okay?’ ABC regular makes bizarre claim that babies need to give CONSENT before you change them – and says they can let you know by body language and eye contact
- Sky News commentator Rowan Dean slammed the segment on Tuesday
- Deanne Carson spoke about how to establish ‘culture of consent’ in homes
- She said parents should not change nappies without asking for child’s consent
- Mr Dean slammed the segment on the ABC, labelling it as ‘lefty lunacy’
The ABC has come under fire for airing a segment in which a ‘sexuality expert’ calls for parents to not change nappies without asking for their child’s consent.
Sky News commentator Rowan Dean slammed the segment, which was aired on Tuesday, labelling it as ‘lefty lunacy’.
In the video, Deanne Carson talks about how to establish a ‘culture of consent’ in homes, starting at birth.
Deanne Carson (pictured) spoke about how to establish ‘culture of consent’ in homes
Sky News commentator Rowan Dean (right) slammed the segment on Tuesday
Ms Carson provided an example of how parents can begin to implement the culture when changing nappies.
She said: ‘”I’m going to change your nappy now, is that okay?” Of course the baby is not going to respond “yes mum, that’s awesome. I’d love to have my nappy changed.
‘But if you leave a space, and wait for body language and wait to make eye contact, then you’re letting that child know that their response matters.’
Mr Dean appeared to be lost for words after viewing the segment, saying: ‘Consent for changing nappies. I’m not sure that would – I think that might get a bit – anyway, I won’t go there.’
According to her Twitter platform, Ms Carson is a ‘sexuality educator, speaker and author’ at Body Safety Australia.
She said parents should not change nappies without asking for child’s consent (stock picture)
The official website states the social enterprise works to protect children from sexual abuse with whole community solutions.
‘We work to ensure that communities work together to create a safer world (online and offline).
‘In empowering children with their rights’ while educating families and professionals, the burden of responsibility is placed squarely on adults to protect children.’
In a statement provided to Daily Mail Australia, Ms Carson said there are restrictions on when it is appropriate to care for and protect children.
Mr Dean slammed the segment on the ABC, labelling it as ‘lefty lunacy’ (pictured is Deanne Carson)
‘One in twelve girls are sexually abused before the age of six. Most of those by a family member or someone trusted by the family, she said.
‘If the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has taught us anything, it’s that it’s never too early to tell children that we care for them, respect them and will protect them.’
Social media users on Twitter and Facebook have since questioned Ms Carson’s comments made on Tuesday, with some passionately disagreeing with her stance.
Kirralie Smith, who ran as a Senate candidate with the right-wing Australian Liberty Alliance in 2016 and joined Liberal defector Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives party last year, was among those who were outraged.
She wrote on Facebook: ‘This goes way beyond lunacy! This is neglect and child abuse!!!!
Kirralie Smith was among those who were outraged by Ms Carson’s comments
‘Many children never want you to change their nappy. Asking them for consent is a serious indication of severe mental problems. Nappies must be changed to prevent serious skin damage and pain for the child.
‘What is worse is the fact the ABC actually spent our tax dollars on this moronic opinion.’
Another dismayed commentator took to social media to citing: ‘The left winged in Australia are seriously impaired to be imposing this BS FFS’.
Ms Carson had said: ‘”I’m going to change your nappy now, is that okay?” Of course the baby is not going to respond “yes mum, that’s awesome. I’d love to have my nappy changed,’ which prompted a heavy social response
Critics were not kind as they labelled Ms Carson part of the ‘lefty loonies’ and questioned her stance
On Thursday morning, Ms Carson posted a note to her Facebook page ‘Deanne Carson: relationship and sexuality education’ explaining further context behind her statements.
Her words included: ‘Sadly, some people have chosen to ridicule me (oh no! Pink hair! Must be a lesbian!) and the notion of giving infants bodily autonomy (poo in nappies har har amiright?!)
‘Troll me all you want, add to your blog inches, but remember that when you do, you are negating the voices of these brave survivors of sexual abuse.’
For confidential support call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on 13 11 14, or the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or 1800RESPECT for sexual assault counselling
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