Prevent Rape on Campus By Making Sexual Consent Classes Mandatory

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Target: Philippa Lloyd, Director General of Higher and Further Education in the U.K.

Goal: Help prevent sexual assault and rape at universities by making sexual consent classes mandatory for freshmen.

Oxford University in the United Kingdom has made it mandatory for all freshmen to take a workshop on sexual consent that will include topics like alcohol and affirmative consent (“yes means yes,” silence is not consent). While this is a huge step towards combating sexual assault and rape on campus at Oxford, other universities need to follow suit. Urge officials to fight rape culture by requiring consent classes at universities across the U.K.

One in three women in the U.K. are sexually assaulted or abused, with incidents ranging from groping to rape, while on college campuses. Various studies and surveys in recent years have found that many college men don’t understand the definition of rape and admit that they would rape or force a woman into sex if they knew there would be no consequences for their actions. Others have found that many college students think that as long as someone doesn’t say no, they’re consenting to sex (hence the need for affirmative consent).

While some have argued that consent classes are patronizing and unnecessary, this research shows otherwise. Sexual assault, rape and sexual abuse are huge problems on university campuses and must be addressed not only with consequences, but with preventative measures. Urge officials to fight the high number of sexual assaults and rapes on campuses by making sexual consent classes mandatory at universities across the U.K.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Lloyd,

As you may know, Oxford University just took a monumental step toward fighting sexual assault and rape on campus by making sexual consent classes mandatory. Studies show that many college students don’t understand what qualifies as rape or sexual assault, resulting in rapists not feeling what they did was wrong and victims not understanding that a crime was committed against them.

Rape and sexual assault on campus is an epidemic across the globe. As important as it is for perpetrators to face consequences, it’s even more important to take proactive measures to stop this problem in its tracks. Universities across the U.K. should follow in the steps of Oxford University. I urge you to make sexual consent classes mandatory at all U.K. universities.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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