Teaching Affirmative Consent in High School Health Education

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Source: Jezebel

Last week, Governor Brown signed SB 695 which requires that public high schools teach students about affirmative consent. This legislation builds upon the success of SB 967 (2014) which established the affirmative consent standard for colleges’ investigation of sexual assaults on campus.

At CALCASA, we work everyday to inspire a cultural shift where sexual violence is not tolerated. These pieces of legislation have the potential to begin to help us change the culture we live in that allows violence to persist and introduces the concepts of healthy relationships before students arrive on a college campus. Affirmative consent is a mechanism by which we can begin to prevent sexual assault, sexual harassment, and dating/domestic violence by creating a safe space to teach our youth about consent, respecting boundaries, and healthy relationships.

 

 

Shaina Brown

Shaina Brown is responsible for managing strategic communications and providing analysis on legislative issues related to sexual violence. Shaina has a background in public affairs, media relations and grant management. Shaina joined the movement to end sexual violence in 2009, serving as a volunteer for Jeans 4 Justice, a San Diego based social change organization.

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