Waiting until college to teach about affirmative consent is too late

But what the bill ignores is that a persons approach to sexual behavior and relationships is often already firmly established by the time he or she reaches college. With dating and sexual activity increasingly starting in junior high or high school, ameliorative measures at the college level might come years too late. And by then, attempts to reprogram views on sex and relationship dynamics could prove difficult.

If we really want college students to get it right, we must begin educating them in junior high school about the necessity of affirmative consent. The most logical and cost-effective way to do that is to make it part of the mandatory sex education curriculum laid out in the states Education Code.

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