Last night Four Corners revealed the National Rugby League uses depictions of gay rape to explain issues of sexual consent to young rugby players.

Rocked by repeated allegations of sexual misconduct by players against women, NRL CEO David Gallop said they were trying to educate players that it is wrong.

The material from the NRL seminars include a DVD scenario of an intoxicated woman who goes home with two men and agrees to sex with one of them, but not both. Young players from Newcastle’s under-20s team responded by saying, She put out first and that, as she flirted with both men, it was OK for both to have sex with her.

The second version has a drunk man subjected to homosexual rape. The players have a very different reaction.

You don’t really ask for trouble if you have too much to drink and get raped by a bloke. You don’t ask for that, one player responded.

Mark O’Neil, a former A-grade rugby player, was running the seminar.

Can we see that there’s some sort of double standard that may apply here? he asked the players. The girl’s gone out to have a drink. No one said that she didn’t ask for it but yet the male goes out and has a drink and it’s crystal clear that he didn’t ask for it.

info: The Four Corners episode Code of Silence can be viewed at abc.net.au/4corners.

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