New Zealand cricketers given handbooks explaining that ‘sexual consent is crucial’

NEW ZEALAND cricketers have been given a handbook of conduct guidelines including advice on sexual relationships especially in terms of consent.

With the global spotlight bright on sexual harassment and the #MeToo campaign, the New Zealand Cricket Players Association (NZCPA) has offered guidance.

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New Zealand cricket bosses based at the Hagley Oval are helping players make the right choices

A section titled Good Decision-Making has a section called Sexual Consent which reads: "No matter the situation, sexual consent is crucial.

“Remember, good consent is about good communication.

“If you want to have relations with someone, you are requested by law to get consent from them each time.

“Consent has to be informed, which means you have to be honest about the situation. Consent must freely given.”

A separate block of text outlines a list of further advice and instructions.

The NZCPA has been handing out the booklets for around seven years but this is the first time an edition has included instructions on sexual consent.

NZCPA chief executive Heath Mills told the New Zealand Herald the updated edition was to ensure they produced exemplary people, not just cricketers.

 The New Zealand Cricket Players Association has handed a booklet to players on conduct

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The New Zealand Cricket Players Association has handed a booklet to players on conduct

Mill said: “If people are making good decisions they're aware of the risks around being a professional cricketer and are aware of the importance of respect and responsibility, then they're going to be skills and attributes they're going to have for life no matter what career they're involved in.

"There's a whole heap of pages in here, and they're all aspects of the personal development programme that we run.

“Good decision-making is one aspect to it."

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NEW ZEALAND cricketers have been given a handbook of conduct guidelines including advice on sexual relationships especially in terms of consent.