DOVER, Del. – A bill that would require schools in Delaware to teach consent to students passed the senate unanimously Wednesday.
Senate Bill 78 would require schools to add age- and developmentally-appropriate instruction about the meaning of consent and how to respect each other’s personal boundaries to the existing health curriculum.
The senate majority leader and lead sponsor, Nicole Poore, says students need to be taught how to respect others that includes learning how to ask for and identify consent.
“For us this is just about the well being and making sure that they understand what consent is,” said Sen. Nicole Poore, a Democrat from district 12.
To establish consistency, the bill defines consent, and makes clear that consent does not include a lack of resistance.