Direct Service

2017

My Blueprint would involve consent education that is comprehensive, which means from the earliest ages. This means that as early as kindergarten, our children should begin learning about consent and what it means. This can simply look like asking before hugging a friend or learning how to say no when they do not want to be touched, and then as they grow older and enter into middle school and higher grades, will also begin to include the sexual context. At that point, the idea is that the notion of consent will be normalizing and integrated into their basic levels of interactions with other people so that it will be no different when applied to sexual experiences. Sexual assault occurs when there is no consent. In order to stop sexual assault, we need to understand what consent is.