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UK pupils to be taught on difference between rape and consensual sex

Pupils as young as 11 will be taught about the differences between rape and consensual sex
Pupils as young as 11 will be taught about the differences between rape and consensual sex

Pupils in the UK are to be taught about the difference between rape and consensual sex from the age of 11 to prepare them for life in the modern world.

The lessons, which could come in soon after the Easter holidays, will be based on a series of resources being developed by the PSHE Association, British Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has said.

She said: "We have to face the fact that many pressures girls face today were unimaginable to my generation and it's our duty to ensure that our daughters leave school able to navigate the challenges and choices they'll face in adulthood.

"Our commitment to supporting women should start long before they take home their first wage. We have to ensure that the education girls receive not only allows them to reach their academic potential, but also prepares them for life in modern Britain."

The recommended materials, which she has stressed will be age appropriate, are aimed at giving teachers more confidence and better guidance to teach difficult subjects.

They include telling pupils that agreeing to have sex once does not constitute consent to do so repeatedly and that going upstairs or kissing is not tacit agreement to intercourse.

They also challenge any narrow view of rape and explain that most attacks are committed by a person known to the victim.

In addition they look at why he/she got drunk with me is not an excuse for assuming consent and the issue of gay rape.

Drop boxes will also be placed in classrooms so pupils can post questions anonymously.

Mrs Morgan, who has a seven-year-old son, has said any materials used will have to be approved and that the recommended list of resources will be issued to schools.