This week, the Rainbow Times reported on the status of the Healthy Youth Act, which would "mandate that public school districts offering sex education curricula expand their courses to provide more in-depth information on a range of issues related to sex, relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and pregnancy." BARCC's Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager Katia Santiago-Taylor offered another reason to support the bill: the proposed law's inclusion of consent.
Excerpt: “In 2015, nine percent of Massachusetts teens reported experiencing non-consensual sexual contact,” said Katia Santiago-Taylor, advocacy and legislative affairs manager for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC). “This needs to change. Comprehensive sex ed that focuses on consent is a powerful tool in reducing and preventing sexual violence. It addresses sexual violence and assault at their roots.”
Read the full story, "Massachusetts Activists Fight Battle for Comprehensive Sex Education in Schools," online at the Rainbow Times.