Supporting equal rights to respectful relationships and safe sexual expression through education and empowerment.
Intersectional hearts for empowerment
Missing intersectional care
Having a healthy sexuality is not mutually exclusive with disability. Everyone has questions about relationships and sexual life, yet for those living at the intersection of disability, mental health, social services and criminal justice systems, there is an inequitable access to good answers. Common resources often lack in sensitivity to compounding effects on those already more vulnerable to exclusion and abuse – to the detriment of our shared civic life. As a parent of a child with disability, Suzanne Paust understood the need for change in influencing proactive models for support.
Together we can
With Juana Terpou and Sue Crock, Paust founded the award-winning not-for-profit SECCA to address the gap in community access to learning about relationships, sexuality and sexual health through education, counselling, consultancy and advocacy. Since 2012, Mars has supported SECCA’s impact with strategic planning, communications and design, including the SECCA app, resource development, event management, annual reporting and advocacy campaigns.
Mars’ collaboration secured funding, co-development and delivery of the landmark SECCA app, a free tool that helps teachers, health professionals and trusted adults deliver relationships, protective and sexuality education in a safe and supported way. Its 2018 launch was supported with a 3-month campaign and attended by state ministers across sectors. With ongoing commitment, the App and scope of SECCA’s work has potential for global reach, application and impact.
For many years SECCA has worked with Media on Mars on a variety of projects ranging from digital and printed teaching resources, launch events, media and advocacy. They have shown the required sensitivity, creativity and mutual regard that our diverse client group deserves. In our experience, their professional and ethical approach to their work is exemplary. Their creativity and attention to detail is outstanding. I highly recommend them.
Suzanne Paust, Co-founder, SECCA
Mars recognised that common illustrations used in sexual health resources lacked in the details needed to support meaningful learning for young people with intellectual disabilities and learning difficulties. Designing with SECCA sought to improve on accessibility standards with simple and emotive facial expressions, engaging colours, and contextual details.
The App comes pre-loaded with over 2,000 illustrated and photographic tiles and almost 200 pre-loaded lessons and lesson plans, all aligned to the Australian National Curriculum.
Strategic communication for social change.