Caroline Kuo and Lindsay Orchowski present their Teen Sexual Violence Prevention study

PROVIDENCE, R.I.[Brown University] — Across cultures and geographic locations, the teen years are a time of growth, development and exploration into adult interactions — and romantic and sexual relationships are often some of the most critical interactions that many teenagers navigate.

A series of new studies by researchers at Brown University examines how teenagers in the United States and South Africa work through these challenges, in the hope that the findings will inform new, targeted educational programs and interventions to prevent sexual violence among teenagers locally and globally. 

The U.S. study found that teenagers have an overly simplistic understand of consent that often ignores non-verbal cues also used to convey intent.