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Titans outside back Dale Copley and former player Matt Srama last week attended Varsity Secondary College to deliver a powerful message to students about domestic violence and respect for themselves and their peers.

With close to 200 students in attendance, Copley and Srama were joined by many Gold Coast dignitaries to discuss a number of social talking points.

“It was around domestic violence and spreading the word around respect,” Copley said.

“It was about making sure that they understand about respectful relationships and making sure it’s part of their community and their school.”

Whilst students are around each other for around six hours a day physically, with the world of social media, in truth they are available to each other 24 hours a day. 

“The kids are always connected now through social media so respectful relationships are important face to face but kids today are facing it all the time.

“It’s important for kids to think before they post, before they share because they don’t know how what they post may affect others.”

Whilst rugby league players play a gladiatorial sport, Copley was quick to acknowledge that whilst they play hard and fast, they always respect their opposition. 

“We play an aggressive sport and do need to go out there and whack each other pretty hard at times but when the full-time siren sounds it’s important to show respect to your opposition.

“It’s important to be tough on the field but it’s also important to show respect when it’s all over.”