Why do children need to be educated about human sexuality?
- To appreciate and accept one’s own body in totality
- To prepare children for the physical, psychological, emotional and sexual changes that they undergo at adolescence
- To be able to interact with all genders comfortably, respectfully and in appropriate ways
- To help children grow to become adults who will use their sexuality in mature and responsible ways
- To educate in a way that leads to building healthy attitudes towards sex, high standards of conduct, responsible behavior and wholesome personalities
- To be able to enjoy sexual feelings without guilt, shame or fear
- To learn to prevent sexual abuse, rape and exploitation
- To learn to avoid unwanted pregnancies
- To learn to avoid contracting or transmitting Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- To learn to refrain from consulting exploitative ‘quacks’ in matters of sexual medicine
What is Sex Education?
Sex education does not mean merely providing information on sexual intercourse or genital centered sex! It is transferring correct values, balanced attitudes and sound perceptions about Sex and Sexuality.
Educating Children to Prevent Sexual Abuse:
- Teach correct names for body parts
- Concept of ‘private parts’
- Difference between ‘appropriate’ and ‘inappropriate’ touch (and not ‘good’ touch & ‘bad touch’)
- Teach to Resist Bravely & Report Immediately
- Beware of ‘Playing Secret Games’ & ‘Keeping Secret’ strategy
What is Sexual Abuse?
Sexual abuse happens whenever a person’s sexual privacy is not respected/invaded. It is a verbal or physical behaviour which has a significant sexual element, which is directed by one person towards another (of same or opposite gender) and which can significantly harm, upset, disturb, demean or injure the person towards whom it is directed.