If/Then Series: Sexual Assault

May 01, 2023
  • Description

Sex education is essential to ensure that young people have the informationthey need to make healthy decisions. According to the United NationsEducational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the primary goalof sex education is to equip young people with the knowledge and skillsto make responsible choices about their sexual and social relationships.

According to the National Sex Education Standards, young people shouldlearn about sexua I assault, how to protect themselves, and how to identifysources of support in addition to learning about sexually transmittedinfections (STls) and pregnancy prevention. Research shows that sexeducation when taught in alignment with the National Sex EducationStandards, sometimes referred to as Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE)*,can help prevent sexual assault.