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Letters: To scale back campus sexual assaults, train intercourse ed in center, excessive colleges | Letters

Every fifth woman and every sixth man suffer sexual assault while studying.

With campus sexual assault continuing to make the headlines, it is imperative that Louisiana institutions commit to significant social and cultural changes in their locations to support survivors, hold offenders accountable, and prevent sexual violence in their locations.

However, dating and sexual violence prevention should begin well before students arrive at college. We know that comprehensive sex education is an important foundation for preventing sexual violence in our communities. However, the state of Louisiana does not require schools to provide sexual health education.

Former Baton Rouge MP Patricia Smith has sponsored numerous bills over the past decade to require Louisiana public schools to provide comprehensive, medically correct, and age-appropriate sex education. Unfortunately, these bills could not be passed on to the entire legislature every year by the committees.

Comprehensive sex education goes beyond the biological foundations of reproduction. It not only provides students with knowledge about abstinence, human development, anatomy, physiology, personal contraception as well as STI and HIV / AIDS prevention, but also about topics that contribute directly to the prevention of sexual violence, such as healthy relationships, consent, communication skills, Media literacy and responsible decision-making.

When applied on the basis of national best practices, sexual health curricula provide adolescents with a wide range of information on dealing with the social and emotional characteristics of sexuality that can provide protection in the form of knowledge and help create a culture of consent and health conducive to sexual development.

According to a benchmark study published in 2008 in the Journal of American College Health, more than 50% of sexual assault among college students occurs in the first four months of the fall semester, with freshmen being the most vulnerable. Waiting for students to enroll to educate them about sexual violence leaves young people vulnerable. Our lawmakers must recognize the risk we students face by not requiring full sex education in secondary schools.

Comprehensive sex education is protection, we need to protect our community. Let’s promote culture change across Louisiana by delivering comprehensive sexual health education to middle and high school students.

RECHEAL HEBERT

President, Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response

Baton Rouge

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