Schools And Parents Opt For Early Consent Education To Prevent Sexual Assault

On Thursday, October 20, University of Wisconsin Madison student Alec R. Cook was charged with four counts of sexual assault for attacking another student.

Since the 20-year-old’s arrest, many other women have come forward and reported similar occurrences on campus and in his apartment. One student’s report of being inappropriately touched multiple times during class this year brought 15 more counts against him. However, the most disturbing part of this whole situation is that Cook has been keeping lists of potential women to stalk, rape, and even kill.

Though Cook has been suspended and banned from the school, the emotional and physical damage has already been done to his victims. But what can we do to prevent this kind of violence before it happens? Some schools and parents are giving lessons about consent long before kids go to college.

One in five women experience sexual assault in college. While some believe teaching self-defense to girls will help prevent them from becoming victims of this violence, others say the focus should also be on teaching children about its core issue: consent.

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Some parents have taken it upon themselves to educate their young teens about the concept in ways they can easily understand, like showing them the below video.

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