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Woman slammed for segment about nappy consent

  • 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
  • Social media has slammed her comments as 'neglect' and 'child abuse'
  • Rowan Dean slammed the segment on the ABC, labelling it as 'lefty lunacy'

By Fiona Connor For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 07:16 EDT, 10 May 2018 | Updated: 20:16 EDT, 10 May 2018

A sexuality expert who called for parents to ask permission from their child before changing their nappy has come under fire on social media. 

Deanne Carson appeared on the ABC on Tuesday, speaking about how to establish a 'culture of consent' within the home, starting at birth.

Ms Carson bills herself as a 'sexuality educator, researcher, speaker, author and ultimate keeper of a straight face when dispelling children's misconceptions about bodies and baby making' according to her website. 

Ms Carson provided an example of how parents can begin to implement the culture when changing nappies. 

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Deanne Carson (pictured) spoke about how to establish 'culture of consent' in homes 
Deanne Carson (pictured) spoke about how to establish 'culture of consent' in homes 

Deanne Carson (pictured) spoke about how to establish 'culture of consent' in homes 

Social media has slammed Ms Carson, criticising her viewpoint and opinion 
Social media has slammed Ms Carson, criticising her viewpoint and opinion 

Social media has slammed Ms Carson, criticising her viewpoint and opinion 

Critics were not kind as they labelled Ms Carson part of the 'lefty loonies' and questioned her stance 
Critics were not kind as they labelled Ms Carson part of the 'lefty loonies' and questioned her stance 

Critics were not kind as they labelled Ms Carson part of the 'lefty loonies' and questioned her stance 

Appearing on ABC, Ms Carson gave an example which outlined parents could ask for their child's consent before changing their nappy 
Appearing on ABC, Ms Carson gave an example which outlined parents could ask for their child's consent before changing their nappy 

Appearing on ABC, Ms Carson gave an example which outlined parents could ask for their child's consent before changing their nappy 

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.'

Her appearance was featured on Sky News later that evening where commentator Rowan Dean appeared to be dumbfounded over the statements, labelling it as 'lefty lunacy'.

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'.

Social media users on Twitter and Facebook have since questioned Ms Carson's comments, 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.

Kirralie Smith was among those who were outraged by Ms Carson's comments 
Kirralie Smith was among those who were outraged by Ms Carson's comments 

Kirralie Smith was among those who were outraged by Ms Carson's comments 

Twitter and Facebook user questioned Ms Carson's comments, with some passionately disagreeing with her stance
Twitter and Facebook user questioned Ms Carson's comments, with some passionately disagreeing with her stance

Twitter and Facebook user questioned Ms Carson's comments, with some passionately disagreeing with her stance

She wrote on Facebook: 'This goes way beyond lunacy! This is neglect and child abuse!!!! 

'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.' 

On Thursday morning, Ms Carson posted a note to her Facebook page 'Deanne Carson: relationship and sexuality education' explaining further context behind her statements. 

Sky News commentator Rowan Dean (right) slammed the segment on Tuesday evening 
Sky News commentator Rowan Dean (right) slammed the segment on Tuesday evening 

Sky News commentator Rowan Dean (right) slammed the segment on Tuesday evening 

On Thursday morning Ms Carson posted a note to her Facebook page explaining further context behind her statements
On Thursday morning Ms Carson posted a note to her Facebook page explaining further context behind her statements

On Thursday morning Ms Carson posted a note to her Facebook page explaining further context behind her statements

'I gave an interview the other day about teaching consent to young children. 

'It was in response to the Four Corners episode featuring the incredibly courageous Saxon Mullins.

'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?!)'. 

Ms Carson provided an example of how parents can begin to implement the culture when changing nappies causing shock and outrage 
Ms Carson provided an example of how parents can begin to implement the culture when changing nappies causing shock and outrage 

Ms Carson provided an example of how parents can begin to implement the culture when changing nappies causing shock and outrage 

Ms Carson often writes articles for a number of publications including SBS and Kidspot but some were not happy with her latest remarks 
Ms Carson often writes articles for a number of publications including SBS and Kidspot but some were not happy with her latest remarks 

Ms Carson often writes articles for a number of publications including SBS and Kidspot but some were not happy with her latest remarks 

She went on to offer statistics around sexual assault, citing one in three girls and one in seven boys will be affected by their eighteenth birthday.  

Ms Carson explained the work she does with children teachers and parents works toward prevention while teaching responsibilities and connects young people with others who can help. 

'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.'

The post was accompanied by a video of women reading sexual assault accounts before meeting the survivours. 

Under her message, a number of people showed support for Ms Carson, telling her she is doing an 'excellent job' and another group who believe she is 'right on the money'. 

A survivor of sexual assault commented on the post who disagreed with her stance.
 
Ms Carson 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' 
Ms Carson 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' 

Ms Carson 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' 

According to her Twitter platform, Ms Carson is a 'sexuality educator, speaker and author' at Body Safety Australia.

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.'

Ms Carson often writes articles for a number of publications including SBS and Kidspot, is called upon for comment during relevant radio broadcasts and is quoted in nation-wide media. 

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. 

'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.'

On Sky News Rowan Dean slammed the segment on the ABC, labelling it as 'lefty lunacy' (pictured is Deanne Carson)
On Sky News Rowan Dean slammed the segment on the ABC, labelling it as 'lefty lunacy' (pictured is Deanne Carson)

On Sky News Rowan Dean slammed the segment on the ABC, labelling it as 'lefty lunacy' (pictured is Deanne Carson)

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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