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6th June 2023

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In today’s rapidly evolving world, young individuals face a multitude of challenges in navigating relationships. It is crucial the adults in their life equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish and respect boundaries.

Understanding sexual consent goes beyond a simple “yes” or “no.” It encompasses the ability to give consent freely and willingly, without any form of coercion, pressure, or manipulation. Consent should be enthusiastic, informed, and ongoing, ensuring that both parties are fully aware and engaged in the experience.

Unfortunately, misconceptions and misunderstandings about consent persist among young people, leading to harmful consequences. This is why education and open dialogue are paramount. By fostering discussions around consent, we can empower young individuals to recognise and assert their boundaries, while also promoting respect for the boundaries of others.

Only 36 percent of 11–17-year-olds are learning about consent in RSE classes

Source: Girlguiding

We believe consent education should not only address the offline world but also the digital realm, where young people are increasingly engaging in relationships and encounters. In a report by Ofsted,

Around 9 in 10 girls said that sexist name calling and being sent unwanted explicit pictures or videos happened ‘a lot’ or ‘sometimes’.

Source: Ofsted

By addressing the nuances of consent, exploring power dynamics, and examining gender imbalances, we can create a culture that values consent and respects personal autonomy. Teaching young people about consent is not only about protecting them from harm but also about promoting healthy relationships, fostering mutual respect, and preventing sexual violence.

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