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both courses teach about self defense because the curriculum was ignorant to the fact that men can be victims too. But the classes will be gender-segregated. We want both genders to be in a comfortable environment for open discussion. They may adjust the material being taught to the men. At my school, they neglected to teach men about coercion, intoxication, and statutory rape. This new curriculum will include that. Since 84% of men who rape in college claim what they did was “definitely not rape”, I believe that most men don’t even know the laws. The course is going to be implemented to protect women and also protect the men from unknowingly becoming rapists.
For men and women the course is basically the same: self-defense, the laws and statistics, and warning signs of a potential rape and how to tell a friend to stop if they sense that a rape/sexual assault is about to occur.
So yesterday, I had a great meeting with my school principal about rape-prevention education. He received it so well! We have decided to expand upon and reform the Women’s Self Defense course already integrated into the curriculum, and include a Men’s course requirement as well. Starting at the cause will most efficiently dissipate rape and sexual assault. We also decided that starting this curriculum earlier in the high school career (freshman or sophomore year) when men are at a more impressionable age. So the principal is going to be working with other educators to produce a curriculum that encompasses all of our key points. They’re going to consult with me to make sure all of my concerns are being addressed, and then we are going to present this with the Board of Education. People have been so supportive; this is a MAJOR reform and I’m so eager to see it take effect!
And if this works out, I’m going to try and spread this into other schools in the district as well. I feel like I can really make a difference with this!