Compulsory domestic abuse lessons for college students have moved a step closer, with campaigners hailing a “historic” win as the government considers making the change.
After weeks of delay, the government has now confirmed it is considering a recommendation by MPs on the Women and Equalities Committee. If put into action, it would mean relationships and sex education (RSHE) becoming compulsory in post-16 education.
The campaign is spearheaded by student Faustine Petron, who began the Make It Mandatory campaign following her experience of an abusive relationship.
“We have influenced the government as a group of five friends,” Petron told The Big Issue.
“Today we’ll be celebrating that but keeping the pressure up, so their considerations manifest in real – and potentially life-saving – changes for young people.”
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