Teaching consent to children: ‘The joke is where it starts and rape is where it ends’

Teaching consent to children: ‘The joke is where it starts and rape is where it ends’

The Guardian

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How do we ensure children and teens know about consent? Here’s a guide to changing the culture early to prevent sexual assault

Ever since former Sydney schoolgirl Chanel Contos petitioned for earlier and better consent education for school children following thousands of schoolgirl testimonies about rape, parents have been wondering how to talk with their children about sexual consent.

It’s been an intense few weeks focussed on rape culture since then, and parents are asking: at what age should this conversation happen? How should it be introduced? How do you actually talk about it?

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