Calif. College Students Demand Sex-Consent Ed--for Kindergarteners

By Brittany M. Hughes | January 5, 2015 | 12:35pm EST

( -- Take Back The Campus, an activist group for college students, is trying to combat the perceived string of sexual assaults on college campuses by demanding that children be educated on the particulars of sexual consent as early as kindergarten, which is for 5-year olds.

A kindergarten class. (AP)

Responding to recent claims of rising sexual violence on campuses, students from the University of California Berkley, UC Santa Barbara, and San Diego State University posted a list of demands on the group’s official Facebook page in December, which included a request for “consent education in K-12.”

“College is too late for people to learn about bodily autonomy and respect,” the group claimed.

The group also demanded that all colleges and universities release statistical data on their investigations into reported cases of sex crimes, and that “all institutions of higher education must meet all federal and state recommendations and standards including mandatory consent education.”

A 'Take Back the Campus' image posted on Pinterest.

Meghan Warner, a UC Berkley student who supports the demands, told the Huffington Post that students “get to universities and we expect them to behave like they’re supposed to without any prior understanding of what consent looks like.”

Despite Warner’s claim that college students do not understand consent, the Department of Justice in December published a report that stated only 6 out of every 1,000 female college students ages 18-24 were victims of rape between 1995 and 2013. Another 2 students per every 1,000 were victims of attempted rape, and less than 2 out of every 1,000 students were victims of sexual assault.

Warner also told the Huffington Post that sex education for pre-college students is “really bad” in California.

However, California is also the only state with a “yes means yes” law for colleges that requires sexual partners to give “affirmative consent” before having sex.

Children in a kindergarten class. (AP)

According to the law, “Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time.”

When it comes to educating kindergarteners on consent, Alejandra Melgoza, another student supporter of the activist group’s demands, told the Huffington Post that “concerned parents might think we’re talking about consent in purely sexual context, when really we’re talking on a day-to-day basis.”

Melgoza went on to explain personal space should be explained to children, claiming that traumatic memories of past violence or sexual assault could be triggered by a simple hug, the article stated.

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