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Should Schools Teach About Sexting, Consent? Nevada Students Pitch Rule

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Nevada's Youth Legislature has filed a bill that would require schools to teach on criminal issues "that frequently involve persons under the age of 18 years," including sexting, sexual consent, and driving under the influence.

The proposal comes following years of renewed national concern about sexual assault and consent among teenagers and on college campuses.

Other schools throughout the country have explored voluntarily adding such requirements to sex education classes and drug prevention programs in recent years to make them more relevant to students. In 2015, California adopted new laws that required schools to teach about affirmative consent, which calls upon students to replace "no means no" with "yes means yes" in sexual situations.

The Nevada Youth Legislature is a nationally recognized panel that is allowed to pitch youth-related legislation. The students' bill would add the new requirements not to sex education classes, but to American government courses required in all of the state's public high schools. It has yet to be considered by any legislative committees. 

"It's not a sex-ed bill— I don't ask that we teach sexuality or even contraception, but that we arm our children with the knowledge and the empathy to understand what consent and, conversely, assault is," said Olivia Yamamoto, the student who proposed the bill, according to the Associated Press. "Nevada can lead the nation in protecting our young people."


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