The New Zealand Players Manual now includes guidelines related to good communication when engaging in sexual relationships, with particular reference to consent.
Amid growing concerns of harassment of women in the workplace and men in positions of power, brought to light through the #metoo campaign, the New Zealand Cricket Players Association (NZCPA) included a section in the players' manual for the first time about the importance of consent in sexual relationships.
The notes, below a section entitled "good decision making," begin by saying: "Making good decisions is important in all aspects of life." This is particularly important when it relates to sexual relationships, and especially in Issues of consent: No matter the situation, sexual consent is crucial. "
The notes continue to state that the law requires consent and that "if they say no, it means not ." It also refers to not pressuring a person to consent, and to respect the person's freedom to withdraw consent even after sexual intercourse has begun.
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A program about the potential risks of a cricketer has been executed by NZCPA for about seven years, according to a report published in New Zealand Herald but this is the first time that it is included in the players' manual. In addition to sexual intercourse, the "personal development" program also addresses other situations of potential risk, including doping and the management of life after cricket.
NZCPA executive director Heath Mills said the manual was updated with this information simply to make it more accessible. for players from all over New Zealand.
"If people make good decisions, are aware of the risks of being a professional cricketer and are aware of the importance of respect and responsibility, then they will be skills and attributes they will have for life, regardless of in which career they are involved, "said Mills New Zealand Herald . "There are a lot of pages here, and they are all aspects of the personal development program that we execute, good decision making is one of the aspects"