“Officials believe that because children are exposed much more readily to sex in today’s society, it is especially crucial to expose children to consent education before sexual assault is likely to occur.”
We have written before about the importance of understanding what does and does not constitute consent. Not only does misunderstanding about sexual consent make instances of sexual assault more likely to occur, but it actually heightens the psychological effects of sexual assault by creating a feeling of isolation for the victim. When a victim is assaulted and does not understand that what has occurred qualifies as assault, they endure the same damaging psychological effects of the assault without the validation that they have a right to feel that way or the motivation to pursue legal action against the perpetrator.
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