While there are many ways that society has attempted to prevent sexual assault such as legal reform, international treaties, empowerment programs, etc., the issue is so prevalent today because of the unaddressed misconceptions regarding it. In the United States, most schools have health classes that are expected to cover a wide variety of issues, including sexual assault prevention. However, a study of interviews of teachers, administrators, and students at 18 Iowa high schools found that the effectiveness of sexual assault prevention classes there was questionable. This was partly attributed to the little time that health classes were given to cover their substantial curriculum. The interviews also found that some schools don't even cover the topic.
A lack of education breeds misconceptions, and these misconceptions lead to mistreatment of sexual assault cases. How are we supposed to combat this issue if young people aren't getting educated about it?