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Sexual consent training introduced for young footballers

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Brighton and Hove Albion football club announced today the somewhat controversial news that it would be giving 'legal training about rape and sexual offences' to all of its young male and female players.

The English Championship club is the first to deliver the series of training and counselling sessions to all of its players.

The programme, which will be called Protect, Inform and Prevent (PIP), aims to help provide clear outlines for when consent can be said to have been given in the eyes of the law.

Brighton and Hove Albion football stadium

Brighton and Hove Albion football stadium

The groundbreaking programme will be led by a psychotherapist and former policeman.

Throughout the programme, players will be involved in confidential question and answer sessions, which will include them revealing information about their past sexual encounters.

News of the training comes two years after four members of Brighton and Hove football club were accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in a Brighton hotel room. All four current and former members of the club were cleared of sexual assault in May 2013 at the Old Bailey.

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Ched Evans's mugshot in 2011

Last year there was heated public debate over convicted rapist Ched Evans, and whether he should be allowed to return to work. The former Sheffield United player  was convicted of raping a 19-year-old female in 2011 and sentenced to five years in prison. He served only half his sentence and continues to maintain his innocence. 

Do you think that this type of training will help tackle the issue of sexual assault? Can training of this nature really be of value? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @StylistMagazine

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