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Let's (Not) Talk About Sex: Local Lawmakers, Advocates Differ On Bill To Include Consent In Sex Ed

Nearly every year, Utah lawmakers seek to change how educators approach sexual education in public schools. The newest proposed legislation on the topic, House Bill 177, would require the topics of “consent, including what does not constitute consent; sexual violence behavior prevention; and sexual assault resource strategies,” according to the bill’s text.

Lawmakers previously voted down the bill before a substitute version passed a committee in the house on Wednesday, though one vote determined the move.


“We support the concept of teaching these skills to (students),” said Jill Anderson, the executive director for Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse. “It’s important for them to learn and understand these skills in life.” Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.