Here's How A 14-Year-Old Girl Changed Australia This Week

She is just 14 years old

Every day people are winning campaigns on that address issues big and small. Each week, we'll take a look at where these victories are happening around the world and highlight how the world changed in the last week.

"If domestic violence was addressed at school I could have gotten help and saved my mum," wrote Rachel in her petition, which asked the New South Wales (NSW) government to educate children about domestic violence

Rachel is a 14-year-old in Australia who was a victim of domestic violence, along with her mother and brothers. Only four weeks after losing her mother to suicide, Rachel decided to start a petition to ensure that kids in her situation would know how to get help.

Rachel's incredibly moving story was met with an outpouring of support in traditional media and social media alike. Backed by the NSW Police Commissioner and more than 103,000 signers, Rachel worked with Pru Goward, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, to push the need for curriculum with the Minister of Education and the Board of Studies, Teaching and Education Standards.

After three months, it was announced last week that Rachel's petition had won and the NSW 7-10 Personal Development, Health, and Education syllabus would be updated to focus on domestic violence prevention. Changes to the syllabus will be introduced during the 2016 school year.

Goward told The Sydney Morning Herald that Rachel's own words in the petition had triggered the reforms.

Rachel changed the educational experience of children across her state at only 14 years old. Would you like to create change too? Start a petition now.


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