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Governor signs legislation to introduce sexual consent education to school curriculum

STATE HOUSE — Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed legislation introduced by Rep. Joseph J. Solomon Jr. (D-Dist. 22, Warwick) and Sen. Erin Lynch Prata (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston) that will lead to an increase in education on consent and sexual activity in secondary schools.

The law (2018-H 7044A, 2018-S 2264A) permits the teaching of sexual consent in the context of existing family life courses.

The law will allow existing curriculum to incorporate age-appropriate elements of effective and evidence-based programs on the law and meaning of consent.

Rhode Island joins the state of California, which enacted a sexual consent law in 2015 and the commonwealth of Virginia, which passed a similar law last year.