All children need to learn about sexual consent – it’s their right

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Half the female victims of sexual assault are under 16. Rape victims are most likely to be aged 15 to 19. Schools need to teach young people about healthy relationships.

By Laura Bates

The Government has announced that it will not make sex and relationships education (SRE) compulsory in all schools, flying in the face of advice from experts and pleas from teachers , pupils and parents alike. The decision comes in spite of support for compulsory SRE from key House of Commons committees – the chairs of the education, health, home affairs and business committees all wrote to education secretary Nicky Morgan pressing for the subject to be made statutory in primary and secondary schools, saying it was a “crucial part of preparing young people for life”.

But perhaps what is most significant of all is that the decision to reject compulsory SRE came in the very same week that new figures were released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) rev

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