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How local schools, universities educate teens about sexual misconduct

KVUE talked to local schools about programs in place to educate students about sexual assault, especially when drinking is involved.

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KVUE talked to local schools about programs in place to educate students about sexual assault, especially when drinking is involved.

The Austin Independent School District works with SAFE, a children and women's shelter in Austin, on the "Expect Respect" program.

They work with students who might be exhibiting questionable or unusual behavior in the classroom or students who may need counseling.

One of the primary subjects they teach both boys and girls is consent.

"Consent means both people agree to whatever behavior is being stated,” said Expect Respect Counseling Manager Agnes Aoki.

Aoki said they teach consent must be an emphatic yes.

If alcohol and drugs are involved, consent cannot be reached because people are under the influence.

As far as sexual harassment, the program teaches students to own their bodies, meaning they are in control and to tell somebody if they feel uncomfortable.

SAFE said the teaching is mostly the same for boys and girls, but some may differ.

"It's possible girls may need to hear more about asserting their own boundaries,” said Aoki. “Being able to say what they feel comfortable with. And for the boys group, we may be pushing them to accept the no and to check in and to understand what their partner may be thinking or feeling."

The University of Texas requires incoming students to complete an online module called "Alcohol Edu and Sexual Assault Prevention" before starting classes.

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It promotes healthy relationships and teaches students about alcohol and drugs. Texas State University has a similar mandatory module.

Eanes Independent School District said it has various programs for students regarding sexual misconduct and it has two full-time student support counselors.

Lake Travis Independent School District said it does not have specific programs for students. Sexual harassment is addressed through its anti-bullying awareness programs.

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