Rape and sexual assault prevention should be taught in schools

Rape and sexual assault prevention should be taught in schools

As a sexuality and misconduct consultant and researcher, I know that avoiding sexual assault begins with an education that challenges our sex, relationship, and bodily autonomy paradigms and conventions. Adulthood isn’t the best moment to start these discussions because our culture and media have already conveyed millions of mixed messages. The least effective strategy is to make sex and sexuality the enemy.

According to research, the more we talk about sex and agency in late childhood and adolescence, the less probable abusive dynamics will arise—and, if they do, the higher the likelihood of self-efficacy and personal advocacy.
It is our purpose and job as educators to foster the whole student. Excluding consent and sexual autonomy from our educational goals has long-term, terrible consequences, as evidenced by the recent Chicago Public Schools debacle.


Consent is more complicated than a cup of tea (as an infamous video would have it). We’ve all grown up in a culture that encourages sexual assault and harassment—we’re constantly bombarded with stories about dysfunctional relationships that are depicted as romantic, alluring, or humorous in movies, music, and ads. Boys are depicted as sexually ravenous and never mistreated, and girls are depicted as either “good” and sexually pure, or “at-risk” and hypersexualized, in interpersonal contact.
All of these depictions contribute to the concept of rape culture, which refers to the beliefs, myths, and social programming that encourage and sustain sexual violence. The agreement is much more than “no means no,” and even “yes means yes” does not capture all of the dynamics of genuine, affirmative, and enthusiastic consent. Take a look at the terms token resistance (TR) and token compliance (TC) (TC). TR stands for “expected return.”


The ability to effectively assert sexual wants, desires, and boundaries is known as sexual agency. An individual’s ability to reflect on their sexual desires, identity, and rights to pleasure is referred to as sexual subjectivity. These ideas come together to form the foundation for developing consent cultures. Individual empowerment is the starting point for all communal reform.

We may teach children about body image, sexual empowerment, and their right to sexual pleasure and autonomy while also helping them unlearn messages about sexual shame, victim-blaming, and slut-shaming. This has the potential to change the present paradigm.


Exploring what constitutes a healthy relationship is one aspect of fostering a consent culture. Empathy and consent must be present whenever two or more people engage, whether in friendship, flirting and dating, or long-term and marriage partnerships. Conversations that presume everyone is cisgender or heterosexual aren’t the answer, and neither are those that portray every assault victim as female (they aren’t) and every perpetrator as male (they aren’t) (women and girls commit abuse and assault too).

We need to break free from preconceptions and decolonize these debates. Every culture, ethnicity, and religion has its own take on courtship, love, and sex, as well as its own expectations. To ensure that consent is culturally humble and inclusive, it must be culturally humble and inclusive. If the curriculum or facilitators concentrate on a specific topic.

Preventing sexual assault

In the United States, most girls and women are offered rape prevention tips such as never letting your drink out of your sight, never walking alone at night, never wearing revealing clothing or high heels, and so on. We live in a world where violence against women is common, both in deed and in discourse, so it’s understandable for individuals who care about women and girls to be concerned about their safety.

According to research, parents talk about these topics with daughters more frequently than with sons. And they tend to frame conversations around lowering the likelihood of assault. Even the notions of permission and sexual assault are causing widespread misunderstanding (more so among men than women), according to survey data. Few people receive formal education on either topic, either at school or through their parents. The extent that they do, conversations about them are rare.

The extent of the problem of sexual assault

According to national figures, one out of every five women in the United States has been raped at some time in their lives. Before they turned 18, and one in every three females says they had been the victim of relationship violence (physical, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner). Those assigned to this intervention were better at spotting abusive behaviors. And more inclined to intervene when they did, compared to athletes who did not participate in the program.

“Sexist, patriarchal, and/or sexually unfriendly attitudes” are predictors of violence against women. According to empirical data. Rape culture refers to society’s tolerance—and even embrace—of these beliefs. Our culture’s broad acceptance of these beliefs is exemplified by Donald Trump’s election. They dismissed his nasty remarks about women as “locker-room banter.”According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, as many as 994 perpetrators of rapes walk free for every 1,000 rapes. The case at hand is a good example.

Teaching Kids About Sexual Assault

According to Dr. David Finkelhor, head of the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center. Child sexual abuse has decreased by 58 percent in the last two decades. Education, media exposure, and awareness improved law enforcement . Improved offender treatment and victim care, and improved psychopharmaceuticals have all contributed to reductions. Along with this the progress made, the statistics remain staggering.

According to the CDC, 18% of women (and 1% of men) over the age of 18 have been raped. Demonstrating the shared cultural status of women and children, which sustains pandemic levels of sexual violence against them both. It’s statistically likely that each of us has a connection to someone who has endured childhood sexual abuse. Whether it’s a coworker, a friend, or a neighbor.

What’s to be done?

Some promising theory-based primary prevention programs. That focus on the role of traditional gender norms in sexual violence perpetration are currently in use. For example, Coaching Boys into Men, a program for males.

Those assigned to this intervention were better at spotting abusive behaviors. Also More inclined to intervene when they did, compared to athletes who did not participate in the program. Some promising theory-based primary prevention programs that focus. The role of traditional gender norms in sexual violence perpetration is currently in use.
For example, Coaching Boys into Men. A program for male athletes offered by high school coaches.