SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, is committed to combating harassment in all forms by requiring age-appropriate discussions concerning consent for students.
“We must all do our part to fight harassment,” said Yingling. “Educating our young people about appropriate behavior will give them the tools to recognize and speak up against harassment. Understanding their rights and responsibilities will allow them to protect themselves and be respectful of others.”
Yingling-backed House Bill 3550 would require sex education classes for grades 6 through 12 to cover consent. Fewer than 10 states require consent to be discussed during sex education courses, meaning the vast majority of students in America never receive such instruction. Yingling’s legislation would provide not only information about consent, but also information about how to respond to and prevent sexual harassment and assault.
“Everyone deserves respect and freedom from harassment,” said Yingling. “Through early intervention, we can give students the necessary tools to prevent sexual harassment and assault. Education and awareness will help end the culture of harassment and prevent unnecessary violence and fear.”
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