Legislation to beef up Michigan’s high school sex education curriculum is resurfacing in the Senate. And its sponsor, Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., D-East Lansing, said its passage will help curb sexual assault.
“There is not a robust understanding of consent, and that needs to change. If we change our culture, we help stem the tide of sexual assaults on our college campuses,” Hertel said. “We have to get this information out there to kids at a young age and instill a basic level of respect for their partner and just other humans in general.”
Senate Bill 270, the “Yes Means Yes” bill, died at the end of the last year’s legislative session, but Hertel reintroduced it last month. It aims to tweak high school curriculums across the state to mandate lessons on sexual assault, dating violence, bystander intervention, affirmative consent and more.
“The idea here is that you have a right to your own body and that nobody can take that from you,” Hertel explained. “It seems basic, but it’s absolutely needed. That’s why we’ve been working so hard on this one.”
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