Let us stop tiptoeing around the issue. Yes, this is a very taboo issue. However, whether we like it or not it is something that has to be addressed. One of the things that children have to be taught about is consent. We live in a world where men see sex as their right and women see it as a responsibility. This is why when a woman is raped by her own husband, the community and police say that they cannot interfere with domestic issues. We have also seen it on the news. Young girls being raped by strangers, neighbours, relatives even their own siblings and parents. But some of these girls are forced to marry their rapists so as to cover the shame while others are blamed for their assault. Questions such as “What did you expect dressing like that…walking in that area…being alone with him?” always come up. It’s as if you should carry the blame for another person’s choices.
We should stop normalizing women and girls being assaulted and normalize holding those responsible accountable for their actions. We should teach survivors of assault that they do not bear the burden of protecting their assaulters. What happened to them is not their fault. This is why children need to be taught about consent. So that it can be ingrained in them from their youth. No one has a right to sleep with you. It is your choice. No means no.