Date of Award

Spring 5-3-2022

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Counselor Education - Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Mary Fawcett

City

Winona

Abstract

This paper is an examination of consent education in K-12 schools in the United States. Each state determines its own consent education policies. Most states do not require consent education despite high rates of adolescent sexual activity and increasing rates of sexual violence in adolescents. This paper examines the integration of adolescent sexual violence, harassment, and bullying. Considerations of current research shows an increase in adolescent experiences of sexual violence and connections to sexual harassment and bullying. Additionally, this paper explores consent education through classroom guidance lessons and cross-curricular implementation. Examination of consent education as a preventative measure for sexual violence, harassment, and bullying in adolescents involves exploring causes and motivations for these types of violence.

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