Virginia sex education must educate students on sexual assault to keep them safe statewide

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The Family Life Education (FLE) programs in Virginia public schools do not provide all of the information necessary for students to successfully navigate through sexually violent or other unwanted situations. These primarily abstinence-based programs lack clear and uniform guidelines for instruction in the classroom and should be revised to fix these issues; although the FLE document on the Virginia Department of Education website promises to cover "steps to take to avoid sexual assault", it fails to explicitly state what those steps are and how they will be enacted in the programs. The topic of sexual assault was not thoroughly covered during my experience with the program. Unfortunately it is common for adolescents in Virginia to be uneducated about sexual assault, including identifying its many forms and prevention methods. Public schools in Virginia have an obligation to effectively inform students on how to identify and protect themselves when faced with these unfortunate but common situations. Therefore, the Virginia Department of Education must revise these programs to have clear and uniform guidelines, and to be effective in addressing sexual assault throughout the state.



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