UK students debate rape myths

Rape Crisis, a charity, is distributing teaching material that dwells upon subjects like domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriages, prostitution and human trafficking, The Telegraph reported on Monday.

Students are told to debate claims that “women enjoy rape” and discuss the myth that women ask for it by wearing short skirts, drinking alcohol etc. “It’s not from an angle of supporting sexualisation or pornography but examining the link between those things and sexual violence,” author Laura Colclough said. She said teachers have to use discretion over what was taught. “Gone are the days when young people were not sexualised. Most see the music videos, they see the culture, they surf the internet.”

The effort drew flak from campaigners who feel the lessons were “too explicit for schools”.

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