1 in 4 college women will experience rape or attempted rape by the time she graduates. Approximately 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. 1 of every 10 victims is male, and transgender students are at higher risk for sexual assault. And teens 16 to 19 years of age are 3 ½ times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.
This year, PHE will teach the importance of consent – actively saying yes at every step of sexual activity – to 16,800 ninth grade students. We will recruit, select, and train over 1,500 college volunteers to teach health education to these ninth graders. Understanding and supporting consent is essential to ensuring the health and safety of all young people. On college campuses, Title IX also plays a critical role in supporting survivors of sexual violence and ending rape culture.
We believe that all young people have the right to live long, healthy lives free from sexual violence. We lift our voice in support of all who would be silenced by roll-backs of Title IX protections and ask you to do the same.