Only these 8 states require sex education classes to mention consent

Updated 4:35 PM ET, Sat September 29, 2018

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(CNN)In elementary school, children get the talk about unwanted touching. In college, they learn about boundaries and what constitutes assault.

But in between, sex education in schools is often an antiseptic regurgitation of the science of reproduction mixed with healthy doses of the need for protection and, increasingly, abstinence.
In the past few weeks, allegations have swirled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh -- accusations that date back more than three decades to the time he was in high school. (He has emphatically denied the claims.)
This moment in politics has spurred many different conversations. One of them: how schools teach students about consent and sexual assault.
As it is, only 24 states and the District of Columbia mandate sex education in public schools, the study found.