Most, if not all of the readers on my blog, have probably been through a sex education class in their lives. And I think we can all remember some of the most awkward parts, like having to answer questions about periods when someone asked, or learning “how sex works”. Let it be said that sex education classes are not comprehensive enough as-is to teach all types of people; but that’s not what we’re here for.
One thing that was never talked about in my sex education classes was consent. And if you ask me, it’s one of the most important parts, if not the most important part. When learning about sex for the first time in an educational setting, it would be important to recognize the most essential part of sex, consent. But why, you may ask?
While sexual assaults against women has gone down over the last ten years, it is still something that is affecting many people. One in six women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. On top of that, about one tenth of sexual assault victims are men.
The issues here take more to solve than just teaching consent in sex education. But ultimately, we need to be teaching young people how to have sex safely and legally, rather than just showing them anatomy. By teaching consent in schools, it could bring the numbers of sexual assault down, which would be a good thing for everyone.