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We must support and protect young people during the vote on same-sex marriage

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With the same-sex marriage postal survey now in full swing, children and young people across Australia are about to bear witness to an ugly and prolonged debate, and will also find themselves targeted by it. And I think of the children and young people who have so much to lose, who are already vulnerable and most likely to be caught in the crossfire, and I realise that speaking out on their behalf is absolutely part of my role as Victoria's Commissioner for Children and Young People.

All children and young people are affected by hateful and discriminatory rhetoric. However, two groups will experience the events of the coming weeks and months more acutely.

The debate over same-sex marriage has the potential to elevate and amplify harmful messages.

Young people who identify as LGBTI, as well as those who are still coming to understand their own sexuality or gender identity, already suffer harm and disadvantage as a result of homophobic social norms, which paint their very existence as wrong or shameful. These young people are at a much greater risk of depression and self-harm. They are 14 times more likely to attempt suicide and six times more........

© Brisbane Times