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Katrina Marson: In Conversation with Bri Lee | Roaring Stories

‘Beautifully told and realistic … Marson’s compelling argument builds to the realisation that as long as our collective fear allows us to remain gatekeepers of knowledge, we remain complicit in denying our young people healthy and fulfilling sexual lives.’ – Dr Melissa Kang, aka ‘Dolly Doctor’

‘Necessary and fascinating … Marson shows us how talking about our personal relationships, boundaries, and sex, from a younger age than you’d think, can protect all our kids, and lead to better relationships and a much safer adolescence.’ – Daisy Turnbull

Over her decade working as a sexual offences prosecutor, Katrina Marson kept returning to the same question: what can be done to prevent the level of harm that she was witness to? In her new book, Legitimate Sexpectations, she exposes the fault lines in the justice system and society, and puts forward a powerful case for a necessary cultural shift built on early, open and honest conversation around sexual health and behaviour.

Join Marson on Thursday 11 August at the Royal Oak Hotel, where she will be in conversation on this urgent and sensitive topic with Bri Lee, award-winning author of Eggshell Skull.

Katrina Marson has been researching the protective power of sex-ed to prevent sexual violence and safeguard sexual wellbeing for a decade. She has been a criminal lawyer since 2013, primarily in the areas of family violence and sexual offences. On secondment for two years, Katrina led the implementation of the Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission's criminal justice recommendations in the ACT before returning to the ACT DPP as a senior prosecutor in the Sexual Offences Unit. She undertook a Churchill Fellowship in 2019 researching the implementation of relationships and sexuality education overseas. She is the lead researcher of primary prevention at Rape and Sexual Assault Research and Advocacy and is the President of the Relationships and Sexuality Education Alliance in the ACT.

Legitimate Sexpectations

Can we promise future generations a life free of sexual violence, in which their sexual wellbeing will be protected? Is this a promise we can keep?

As a sexual offences prosecutor, Katrina Marson works for an institution that can only respond, one case at a time, to sexual violence once the damage is already done. During a decade of looking back, she kept returning to a single question: what could have been done to prevent this?

In 2019 she stepped out of the justice system to travel abroad on a Churchill Fellowship, where she witnessed first-hand the power of comprehensive relationships and sexuality…

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