compulsory school education on the prevention of rape and rape culture

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There is a major issue in this country of rape and sexual assault; approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales alone every year. 1 in 5 women aged 16 - 59 have experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16. Only around 15% of those who experience sexual violence choose to report to the police.

I believe it should be compulsory for schools, colleges and universities to educate their students on rape, rape culture and toxic masculinity; by having speakers come in to educate women on strategies and devices to avoid rape, and for predominantly males to learn about the concept of toxic masculinity, the objectification of women and of rape culture. No man or woman should feel threatened by the risk of rape, but by educating people about consent and how to avoid certain situations will help greatly. Rape culture and toxic masculinity include: rape victim blaming; pressure on men to “score"; tolerance of sexual harassment.

The current system is not working and there should be compulsory education for young people and students to help overcome this issue.

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