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Fresh off a victory in getting a law passed that regulates sexual encounters between students on college campuses, feminist activists in California are now pushing for instruction on sexual “consent” for children starting in kindergarten.
An activist group called Take Back the Night has joined with others to issue a set of “demands” to California colleges and public schools that it believes will help roll back “a culture of rape” on campuses.
“We recommend consent education in K-12,” the group said on its Facebook page. “College is too late for people to learn about bodily autonomy and respect.”
Those signing the demand for sexual consent education starting in kindergarten include student activists such as Sofie Karasek, co-founder of End-Rape on Campus at University of California Berkeley, and like-minded students at University of California Santa Barbara and San Diego State University.
Alejandra Melgoza, the Take Back the Night coordinator at U.C. Santa Barbara, told Huffington Post that consent education should include teaching students to keep their hands to themselves.
“Concerned parents might think we’re talking about consent in a purely sexual context, when really we’re talking on a day-to-day basis,” Melgoza told the website.
Warner, director of Associated Students of the University of California Sexual Assault Commission, told HuffPo that consent was not “just for intercourse.”
“It’s for all aspects of our lives, and people aren’t understanding or being taught that,” she said.
In August, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 967, also called the “affirmative consent” or “yes means yes” law, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. This made California the first state to ditch the traditional legal standard for determining whether a rape occurred – “no means no” – and replacing it with the more aggressive “yes means yes” standard on college campuses. The new standard would not hold up in a criminal court, but can result in a student getting convicted by a campus tribunal and being kicked out of school or losing scholarships.
Critics of the “yes means yes” law argue that, absent a written consent, such as a text message or ink on paper, it would be virtually impossible for a man to fend off a false accusation of rape.
To avoid confusion later on, children must be educated in the finer points of consenting to sexual acts in grammar school and even earlier, proponents of the law now contend. That’s cause for concern among pro-family advocates who believe children should not be taught about sexual touching by public-school teachers in second or third grade, let alone kindergarten.
David Usher, president of the Center for Marriage Policy, is among those who are troubled by the latest demands by feminist activists.
“They are trying to plant a notion that a kindergartener could consent to sexual relations. They will deny that, but that is what they want,” Usher said. “The idea that a kindergartener could consent, or can consent, to a sexual relationship and needs to be taught about how to do that as a kindergartener, that is (Alfred) Kinsey on steroids.”
Also concerned about the new law, and the feminists’ plans to promote it in the schools, is Dianna Thompson, who testified against the “yes means yes” bill as director of Washington, D.C.-based Stop Abuse for Everyone, as reported previously by WND.
She is also considered an expert on family and divorce issues, having worked as a consultant for 25 years.
“I didn’t like the idea of ‘yes means yes’ to begin with. I thought the language in the bill was vague and ambiguous and over-broad and was going to make many unsuspecting young men have a problem where no problem existed,” Thompson told WND.
The U.S. Department of Justice reported that the rate of sexual violence cases reported against female Americans age 12 and up from 1995 to 2005 declined 64 percent. And that rate remained unchanged from 2005 to 2010.
“So, again, where is this ‘rape culture’ coming from when we have the U.S. Justice Department saying it is declining? How do you explain why we have these bills where you’re guilty until proven innocent, if you can even prove your innocence in this?” she asked.
Written by LEO HOHMANN
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