#MeToo: New Zealand cricket association adds sexual consent guidelines for players

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 10, 2018, 08.12 PM(IST)

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The move came in the light of increasing cases of sexual harassment of women at workplaces.

New Zealand Cricket Players Association (NZCPA) on Wednesday included guidelines related to the importance of consent in sexual relationships in the players' handbook for the first time. 

The move came in the light of increasing cases of sexual harassment of women at workplaces.

"Making good decisions is important in all aspects of life. This is particularly important when relating to sexual relationships, and especially around matters of consent. No matter the situation, sexual consent is crucial," read the new guideline.

"Remember, good consent is about good communication. If you want to have relationships with someone, you are required by law to get consent from them each time," it added.

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The step also holds significance in the backdrop of campaigns like #MeToo, where many women spoke about the incidents where they were sexually harassed. 

Earlier, retired Indian badminton player Jwala Gutta shared her story of 'mental harassment' on Twitter. She revealed that she was "thrown out" of the national team despite being a top performer.