From The Age
Group sex incident 'degrading': minister
May 15, 2009 - 10:58AM
The group sex session involving rugby league personality Matthew Johns was predatory, degrading and offensive, federal Sports Minister Kate Ellis says.
She wants more women involved in senior sporting roles to help foster greater respect for females.
While there could be debate about the legality of the Johns incident seven years ago, and the issue of consent, "what is really clear is this is degrading behaviour", she said.
"This is not respectful behaviour," Ms Ellis told Fairfax Radio Network, adding it was predatory behavior.
"When you have half a football team and a teenage girl, I think that's offensive and inappropriate for our sporting role models."
To address the problem more women need to be involved in sport, Ms Ellis said.
"We do need to have a greater presence of women in senior position, in leadership roles within sport, and particularly within clubs."
Clubs and players also needed to stand up and say "we are not going to condone this anymore".
Johns was one of several Cronulla players who took part in a group sex act with a 19-year-old woman in Christchurch in New Zealand in 2002.
The former Test star apologised earlier this week for the "pain and embarrassment" he had caused the woman, but insisted she was a "willing participant".
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