Breda O’Brien: Consent alone will not help our children
We must also teach children about developing mutually respectful relationships
‘While schools cannot be expected to counter single-handedly a culture of exploitative sex, they can play some role in highlighting more positive and respectful attitudes.’
In some ways, Minister for Education Richard Bruton’s proposal to include lessons on consent in sex education at primary level is uncontroversial. Consent is the minimum standard for sexual behaviour and we can see the dreadful consequences everywhere of ignoring this minimum standard.
Children are living lives saturated with explicit sexual imagery and they need ways to navigate this culture.