Consent Education Must Stay
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Consent Education is a topic that was introduced into the Ontario Health curriculum just three years ago. It was a crucial change. In Canada, for every 1000 sexual assaults 997 assailants walk free. Consent education has the power to change that. This is because out of 1000 assaults only 33 are reported to the police. With more information young women can become more confidant talking about violations they have experienced. Young women and men can also learn how sexual consent works and what requirements it has (no coercion, not the absence of a no, must be ongoing etc.). Education can also help young women become more informed about their rights and it ca give them opportunities to express their experiences. Both of which are key to forming inclusive, safe communities which allow women to feel comfortable sharing their experiences. Yet now, at the very next election after that our Premier candidates are threatening to take consent, as well as many other crucial topics out of the health curriculum.This change endangers having up to date education, healthcare and women's rights. This would be a huge step back of the fronts of advocacy for youth voices to be heard (as this was a movement powered by youth, such as Lia Valente and Tessa Hill), harm reduction, progressive education and more that anything else women, girls and trans people's rights. The right to be informed about their rights. We can't let this can't happen! Sign this petition to show Doug Ford, Kathleen Wynne, Jagmeet Singh and Mike Schreiner that consent education must stay. Also, use #ConsentMustStay and this link on social media to spread the movement!
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