This presentation was inspired by the events of World Work 2017 and in particular the final group process on the last day. This group process represented the experiences of victims of sexual assault and abuse and the perpetrators of these offences. This presentation aims to explore how internal oppression may give rise to the absence of the feeling, caring, compassionate part of self within a ‘white male’ and how this may contribute to the external oppression of marginalised and victim groups, such as those mentioned above. Through the process of self-reflection this is explored at an individual or intrapersonal level. From there, I extrapolate to an interpersonal or group level and lastly to a world context more broadly. Ways forward are considered so that each of us may contribute to redressing the negative impact of this issue and reduce the extent to which it is perpetuated in the future.
Key Words: ‘white male privilege’; internal oppression; external oppression.