Author Susan Patton, who is also known as the “Princeton Mom,” asserted on Tuesday that young children should not be taught about rape prevention because bad manners were often mistaken for molestation.
During a segment called “Trouble With Schools“, Fox & Friends host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked if it was going “too far” to teach kindergartners about bodily autonomy considering that CDC statistics showed that 42.2 percent of rape victims were younger than 18.
Patton, however, immediately questioned the CDC statistics, asking, “Is that really rape?”
“I think the numbers that have been thrown around as to the frequency with which rape and sexual assault occurs have come into question, and have been debunked in a of number platforms,” she insisted. “I think it’s a huge exaggeration, a reckless exaggeration of what actual rape statistics are or what actual sexual assault statistics are.”
As far as teaching kindergartners about rape prevention, Patton argued that the idea was “absolutely absurd to even enter into a conversation” about the topic.
“I think what we’re talking about here is body awareness or bullying or verbal harassment or recognize what somebody else’s space is and don’t violate it and don’t touch it, and keep your hands to yourself,” she continued. “This isn’t sex ed, these are manners.”
“And just like I don’t think sex ed belongs in school — we shouldn’t be teaching sex ed in school, that’s something parents should be teaching their children — manners, which is really what we’re talking about here. Keep your hands to yourself, don’t be bullying anybody, you don’t touch somebody, you don’t want them to touch you, you tell them not to. Again, this is manners, this isn’t sex ed… And even that should be taught at home.”
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Jan. 6, 2014.